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Suppose the Elsinore had persisted in her refusal to payoff?

De Quille had not missed the opportunity of his comrade's absence to payoff some old scores.

After weeks of neglecting his tip sheet to study catatonia, he felt close to the payoff.

And the duke went away, promising to payoff the gentlemen for their interruption.

And frequently no one suspects the direction the payoff finally takes.

"Now it's all over but the payoff," thought Jerry, waiting for Mr. Bartlett to make out the grocery slip.

WORD ORIGIN

also pay-off, 1905, "winnings from gambling," from pay (v.) + off. Meaning "graft, bribes" first attested 1930. Phrase to pay off "be profitable" is first recorded 1937.

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