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payoff

noun [C] (MONEY)    /ˈpeɪ.ɒf/ US  /-ɑːf/
money paid to someone, especially so that they do not cause trouble or so that they will do what you want them to: It has been alleged that the minister received a secret payoff from an arms dealer.Forms of money and methods of payment
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