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"payoff" in British English

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payoffnoun [C]

uk   /ˈpeɪ.ɒf/  us   /-ɑːf/

payoff noun [C] (RESULT)

informal the ​result of a set of ​actions, or an ​explanation at the end of something: The payoff for ​years of ​research is a ​microscope that` ​performsbetter than all of ​itscompetitors.

payoff noun [C] (MONEY)

moneypaid to someone, ​especially so that they do not ​causetrouble or so that they will do what you ​want: It has been ​alleged that the ​congressmanreceived a ​secret payoff from an ​armsdealer.
(Definition of payoff from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"payoff" in American English

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payoffnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpeɪˌɔf/

payoff noun [C] (REWARD)

infml a ​result that ​rewards you for ​youreffort or ​work: After ​years of ​study, the payoff is ​supposed to be a good ​job.

payoff noun [C] (MONEY)

moneypaid to someone for something that you ​want done or to not ​cause you ​trouble: He ​deniedreceiving any ​kickbacks or payoffs for giving a ​largecontract to the ​company.
(Definition of payoff from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"payoff" in Business English

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payoffnoun [C]

(also pay-off) uk   us   /ˈpeɪɒf/
HR, WORKPLACE money that is ​paid to someone so that they do not cause trouble, or to persuade them to ​leave their ​job: to accept/receive a payoff to demand/​negotiate a payoff If her ​contract is ​terminated she will be in ​line for a $1.2m pay-off.
money received from a ​businessarrangement or an ​investment: The ​deal is ​forecast to produce a pay-off of $160,000. The payoff was greater than ​investors had been ​led to believe.
an ​advantagegained as the ​result of a decision, ​series of ​actions, etc.: The payoff from the new ​organizationalstructure has been enormous, for instance in ​cuttingprojectleadtimes by 50%.
(Definition of payoff from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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