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pay sb off

phrasal verb with pay uk   us   /peɪ/ verb (paid, paid)
If ​youremployerpays you off, they ​pay you for the last ​time and then end ​yourjob, because you are not ​needed or there is not enough ​money to ​pay you in the ​future. informal to give someone ​money so that they will not do or say something, or so that they will go away: There were ​rumours that ​keywitnesses had been ​paid off to ​keepquiet.
(Definition of pay sb off from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pay sb off

phrasal verb with pay uk   us   /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 ​finishpaying someone the ​money that you ​owe them: Finally he had ​paid off his ​creditors and could begin to ​savemoney.
informal to give someone ​money so that they will not do or say something, or so that they will go away: Two ​formeremployees threatened to tell ​damaging stories to the ​press unless the ​companypaid them off.
(Definition of pay sb off from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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