pay off Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"pay off" in British English

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pay off

phrasal verb with pay uk   us   /peɪ/ verb (paid, paid)
B2 If something you have done ​pays off, it is ​successful: All her hard ​workpaid off in the end, and she ​finallypassed the ​exam.
(Definition of pay off from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"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/ )

pay off (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   us   /peɪ/ 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)
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