pay (one) back with interest

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pay (one) back with interest

To punish or retaliate against one with an action that is more harmful or negative than what they did originally. After she found out he broke her computer, she paid him back with interest by smashing his computer, TV, and video game console
See also: back, interest, pay
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"The only other option the council gave me was they would pay the money and I would have to pay them back with interest.
This would see a company or consortium pay for the work up front and require councils to pay them back with interest over several years.
One of the options is a private finance initiative (PFI) deal, which would see a company or consortium pay for the work upfront and require councils to pay them back with interest over several years.
One of the options is a private finance initiative (PFI) deal, which would see a company or consortium pay for the work up front and require councils to pay them back with interest over several years.