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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


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.
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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
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n. retribution. You hit me, I hit you. That’s your payback.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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It is important to understand the simple payback of the project; on occasion, rebates are available that can be factored into the calculation.
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By setting up an environmental management system, a facility can monitor and comply with regulatory requirements and set up a program for environmental objectives and projects In some cases, the results of the environmental project can provide a cost reduction or cost payback. By training and involving employees, many recycling ideas will surface to the benefit of the environment and manufacturing facility.
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That's a half-year payback, says one manufacturer, and the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings.
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In order to coordinate the entire casting flow from start to finish, facilities will focus on unit costs and payback, such as the process itself, material handling and material flow.
And as with the other forms of automation, payback is a driving factor in creating the right system.
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Periodic replacement and upgrading of inefficient hardware and equipment can conserve electricity and result in energy savings and paybacks. Several areas on which to focus are lighting, motors and air conditioning systems.
Utility rebate programs also offer paybacks for the replacement of old motors with newer energy saving equipment.
Where are all these community payback people, what are they doing?