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English definition of “pay sb off”
pay sb off — Phrasal Verb with pay
/peɪ/ verb (paid, paid)
› to tell someone to leave their job and pay them what they have earned: 75 workers were paid off when the plant was closed down.
› to finish paying someone the money that you owe them: Finally he had paid off his creditors and could begin to save money.
› informal to give someone money so that they will not do or say something, or so that they will go away: Two former employees threatened to tell damaging stories to the press unless the company paid them off.