payback

[pey-bak]
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:
1955–60; noun use of verb phrase pay back

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Word Origin & History

payback
1959, "net return on profits from an investment," from pay (v.) + back. Meaning "revenge" is attested from 1970.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang Dictionary

payback definition


  1. n.
    retribution. : You hit me, I hit you. That's your payback.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
Managers are reluctant to invest in efficiency unless the return is high and
  the payback time is short.
The advantages are twofold: short-term income and a larger payback over the
  long term.
Of course, the payback will be faster if the global price of oil increases.
The uranium could well become the big payback of dismantlement.
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