Meaning of “pay sb/sth back” in the English Dictionary

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"pay sb/sth back" in British English

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pay sb/sth back

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

B1 to pay someone the money that you owe them:

Can you lend me a fiver? I'll pay you/it back tomorrow.

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  • He still hasn't paid me back that money he owes me.
  • If I could borrow 20 pounds I'll pay you back next week.
  • She lent me some money last month and I forgot to pay her back.
  • They promised to pay me back and they never did.
  • I have borrowed money from people in the past but I've always paid them back.

(Definition of “pay sb/sth back” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pay sb/sth back" in Business English

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pay sb/sth back

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

to pay someone the money that you owe them:

You need to pay back the loan within five years.
I'm happy to lend you the money, but when will you pay me back?
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(Definition of “pay sb/sth back” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)