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payoff (n.)

also pay-off, by 1905, "winnings from gambling," from pay (v.) + off (adv.). Meaning "graft, bribes" is attested by 1930. The verbal phrase pay off is by 1710 in the sense of "pay in full and discharge" (workers); by 1937 as "be profitable, succeed."

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Definitions of payoff from WordNet

payoff (n.)
the final payment of a debt;
Synonyms: final payment
payoff (n.)
payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment;
Synonyms: bribe
payoff (n.)
the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property;
Synonyms: return / issue / take / takings / proceeds / yield
payoff (n.)
a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing;
Synonyms: wages / reward
From wordnet.princeton.edu