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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 to seek 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; 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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Later the sentencing guidelines were changed to make it a sentence in its own right with the aim of paying back the community for offences committed by the offenders -hence the title Community Pay-Back teams.
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.
WARREN GATLAND kept Wales on track for the Grand Slam against Italy and admitted: "That was pay-back.
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.
A similar trust, called a pay-back trust, is established with the child's money or assets and is likely to be used if the child receives a court settlement payment or is unexpectedly named as the beneficiary of an estate.
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.
Bankers are more likely to believe such a presentation and set a realistic pay-back schedule.
Gary Beck, President and CEO of Weatherly, said, "Based on design parameters and the relatively modest cost of the EFI system, the operating savings plus additional revenue from increasing the spray payload and reducing the spray time, should provide a pay-back in less than one season for most ag aircraft operators, and the investment should extend the life of the engine by 25%.
Hill Air Force Base boasts short pay-back period and potential energy cost savings of millions of dollars at federal facilities;