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repay someone by something

to recompense someone by doing something; to settle a debt with someone by doing something. I will repay you by cutting your lawn free for a year. How's that? Can I repay you by taking you to dinner?
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repay someone for something

to remunerate someone for doing something. I refused to repay him for his excessive expenses. She was repaid for her kindness many times over.
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repay someone with something

to remunerate someone with something. The farmer's wife repaid the plumbers with fresh eggs and cream. We were repaid with fresh eggs from the farm.
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King had taken a stand against repaying the debt from a deal inherited from the previous regime carved up between Ashley and Charles Green.
Allied Irish Banks PLC (ALBK:Dublin) (AIB) has received approval to start repaying its debts to the state.
We will have no issues in repaying debt coming up next year," said Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Emirates airline and Chief Executive of the Emirates Group.
According to the figures, the best and worst careers for repaying student debt are:
Banks were expected to prioritise repaying this support, converted into capital-boosting bonds in late 2009, this year as the value of the capital instruments was diminishing and banks could raise cheaper finance in the market.
Abu Dhabi: In a sign of its robust financial standing and capital adequacy, the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) has started repaying the government's support that NBAD received in 2008 in the aftermath of the financial crisis.
Around 30 per cent of the over-55s have some form of unsecured debt that they are struggling to clear, and 21 per cent are still repaying their mortgage, according to insurer Aviva.
The surprise agreement marks a critical victory for outgoing chief executive Kenneth Lewis who is expected to step down from his post by the end of the year, but has said that repaying the government was something he wanted to accomplish before stepping down.
It found that a third of people who had got into problems had managed to repay their arrears in full, while 41% were currently repaying.
As public anger grows over the scale of claims made by s MPs, many have tried to head off criticism by repaying cash.
This will be a signal that Kyrgyzstan began repaying its debts," Tajikian Kalimbetova said.
Any rent Massport collects from airlines and reserve funds will go toward repaying the bonds; the remainder will be covered by Ambac Assurance Corp.
The plaintiffs alleged in their complaint that they were owed monies on their subcontracts and that the construction loan lending institution had diverted trust funds by repaying itself prior to paying plaintiff's claims for work performed and material provided.
He was fined pounds 200, in addition to repaying rent rebate of pounds 6,458.