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pay something out

to unravel or unwind wire or rope as it is needed. (See also play something out.) One worker paid the cable out, and another worker guided it into the conduit. The worker paid out the cable.
See also: out, pay

pay something out

(for someone or something) to disburse or spend money for someone or something. We have already paid too much money out for your education. We paid out too much money.
See also: out, pay

pay something out (to someone)

to pay money to someone. The utility paid one hundred dollars out to everyone who had been overcharged. They paid out money to every customer.
See also: out, pay

pay out something

also pay something out
to spend money for expenses or costs An important expense for the company is the amount it must pay out to managers. The federal government paid several billion out in emergency aid this year.
See also: out, pay

pay out

1. Distribute money, disburse, as in He paid out the full amount. [Mid-1800s]
2. Let out a rope by slackening, as in She paid out the rope until it was long enough to tie the canoe onto the car. This nautical expression dates from the late 1700s.
See also: out, pay

pay out

v.
1. To disburse money to someone who is owed the money: We paid $2,000 out to the contractor. The clients paid out for our services in advance.
2. To spend money, especially a large amount: I paid out $20,000 for my new car. My parents paid a bundle out for my tuition.
3. To unwind or slowly add slack to some rope or line: He paid out the line after each cast. She paid the leash out bit by bit to allow the dog to explore in the park.
See also: out, pay
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Construction workers' union UCATT expressed fears that insurance companies, who they believe should be taking responsibility for most pay outs, will continue to "hide" behind the Government's proposals.
By far the largest category for complaints was the loss of mail or parcels, accounting for more than 2,700 compensation pay outs in the CF area, worth pounds 99,036.
After weeks of negotiations Rhodia has now reached a deal with the GMB and Amicus, which also represents workers at the plant, to secure pay outs according to their final salary.
It is thought RBS will now have to agree the size of this year's pay outs.
AN ARTICLE in yesterday's Daily Post on NHS trust pay outs for medical blunders incorrectly stated the figure paid out by North East Wales NHS Trust.
But last night, trustees and families, who were sent letters, were staying tight-lipped about the size of the pay outs.
A separate study by research company Sanford C Bernstein puts the company's liability at $38bn, with pay outs averaging around $650,000
Law firms allegedly claiming cash from former miners' compensation pay outs are to be told to repay the money by the Government.
WHY is there this obsession with National Lottery pay outs such as the recent pounds 23 million superdraw when most people would have no idea of what to do with half of the money they had won
THREE directors of Marconi shared multi-million pound pay outs yesterday after they cashed in some of their share options.
But chairman Allan Leighton admitted that ``tough decisions'' still have to be taken to keep the group on course for a full-year profit of pounds 400m, which will trigger the pay outs to staff next year.