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Revenge or retribution. Many people believe the demotion was payback for his refusal to support the legislation. I could see him staggering over to us, drunk as a skunk and looking for payback.

it's payback time

It is time for revenge against or retribution from someone or something; it is time for someone or something to get what they deserve. They stole the championship from us last year, but now it's payback time.
See also: payback, time

it’s ˈpayback time

(especially American English, informal) used to say that you are now going to make somebody suffer because of something bad he/she did to you: You were mean to me when we were kids, and now it’s payback time!
See also: payback, time


n. retribution. You hit me, I hit you. That’s your payback.
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Earlier this year I arranged, through Stockton Council's CfYA service, for a Community Pay-Back team to do some hard physical work in Norton West ward and was surprised to learn that only half a dozen suitable people were available.
Coach Gatland said: "I was thrilled by the result and it was pay-back for a few of the guys involved over the last few years.
Some states require any unused money in a pay-back trust to be used to reimburse state funds when the beneficiary dies.
She said pay-back trusts are often used when the child with special needs receives an unexpected cash payment.
After the pay-back period, which, in some cases, may be as little as two to three years, a substantial amount of money may be saved annually in energy costs.
If allowed to build debt, the business can be overwhelmed by its financial obligations and find itself unable to meet pay-back demands and to get additional credit.
It's risky to oversell the bank when presenting cash-flow projections and pay-back plans.