Meaning of “pay off someone” in the English Dictionary


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pay off someone

phrasal verb with pay us /peɪ/ verb past tense and past participle paid /peɪd/


to give someone money, often illegally, after the person has done something dishonest to help you:

He paid off the inspectors with bribes of $500.

(Definition of “pay off someone” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)