Meaning of “pay off” in the English Dictionary

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"pay off" in American English

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pay off

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

(HAVE SUCCESS)

to result in success:

I hope all this work pays off.

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

"pay off" in Business English

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pay off

phrasal verb with pay uk /peɪ/ us verb paid, paid

[ I ] informal if something you have done pays off, it is successful:

American carriers are hoping that the new service to China will pay off.

(Definition of “pay off” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)