payoff

[pey-awf, -of]
noun
1.
the payment of a salary, debt, wager, etc.
2.
the time at which such payment is made.
3.
the consequence, outcome, or final sequence in a series of events, actions, or circumstances: The payoff was when they fired him.
4.
Informal. the climax of something, especially a story or joke.
5.
a settlement or reckoning, as in retribution or reward.
6.
Informal. a bribe.
adjective
7.
yielding results, especially rewarding or decisive results: The payoff play was the long pass into the end zone.

Origin:
1910–15; noun, adj. use of verb phrase pay off


3. climax, upshot, finale.
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payoff
also pay-off, 1905, "winnings from gambling," from pay (v.) + off. Meaning "graft, bribes" first attested 1930. Phrase to pay off "be profitable" is first recorded 1951.
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Example sentences
The salad days of summer are the payoff for living through months of rain.
The payoff of this reticence is an absorption in the artist's touch.
The payoff of abiding its deathliness is a sense of being brought fully,
  tinglingly alive.
For such a personality, losing may offer as great an emotional payoff as
  winning.
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