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payback

[pey-bak] /ˈpeɪˌbæk/
noun
1.
the period of time required to recoup a capital investment.
2.
the return on an investment:
a payback of 15 percent tax-free.
3.
the act or fact of paying back; repayment.
4.
something done in retaliation:
a really vicious payback for years of being snubbed.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; noun use of verb phrase pay back
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Word Origin and History for pay-back

payback

n.

also pay-back, 1946, "net return on profits from an investment," from pay (v.) + back (adj.). Meaning "revenge" is attested from 1957.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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payback

noun

Revenge; retaliation: Payback is the idiom of East Africa, but the rule is that innocents always get hurt (1970+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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