pay out (third-person singular simple present pays out, present participle paying out, simple past and past participle paid out or rarely (but less so for the rope sense) payed out)
- To distribute money; to disburse
- (nautical) To slacken a rope by lengthening it; to allow a rope to run out.
- To repay, take revenge
- 1981, P. L. Travers, Mary Poppins, revised edition, chapter 7,
- The pigeon, very offended, flew back to the Bird Woman and, to pay out Mary Poppins, stuck the rose in the ribbon of the Bird Woman's hat.
to distribute money; to disburse
nautical: to slacken by lengthening