pay back

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pay back (third-person singular simple present pays back, present participle paying back, simple past and past participle paid back)

  1. (transitive) to pay an amount of money owed to another, to repay
    He paid her back with interest.
    He paid back all the money he owed her.
  2. (figuratively) to exact revenge
    He paid them back for their conniving.

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