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payday

[pey-dey] /ˈpeɪˌdeɪ/
noun
1.
the day on which wages are given, payment is made, etc.
2.
Informal. a day or period during which a great deal of money, success, fame, etc., is won or obtained:
Payday came when she was given a screen test by a big Hollywood studio.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; pay1 + day
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British Dictionary definitions for pay-day

payday

/ˈpeɪˌdeɪ/
noun
1.
the day on which wages or salaries are paid
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Word Origin and History for pay-day

payday

n.

also pay-day, 1520s, from pay (n.) + day.

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