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English definition of “pay sb/sth back”

pay sb/sth back

phrasal verb with pay     /peɪ/ verb (past tense and past participle paid)
B1 to pay someone the money that you owe them: Only borrow money if you're sure you can pay it back. I lent him $10 last month and he still hasn't paid me back.Borrowing, lending and debt
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