If you pay someone back for doing something unpleasant to you, you take your revenge on them or make them suffer for what they did. Some day I'll pay you back for this!
(or 'pay back period') the period over which the revenue from a project equals the original investment A rather crude measure
If you pay back some money that you have borrowed or taken from someone, you give them an equal sum of money at a later time. He burst into tears, begging her to forgive him and swearing to pay back everything he had stolen I'll pay you back that two quid tomorrow
You can use payback to refer to the profit or benefit that you obtain from something that you have spent money, time, or effort on. There is a substantial payback in terms of employee and union relations
Payback time is when someone has to take the consequences of what they have done in the past. You can use this expression to talk about good or bad consequences. This was payback time. I've proved once and for all I can become champion
(1) A method of rating under which the underwriter sets the price based upon his view of how frequently the loss event might occur over a period of time Thus, if the underwriter felt that the loss would occur only once in five years, the price would be set (without regard to expenses and profit margins) to be equal to the limit divided by five and the contract would thus be said to have a "five year payback " See also Rate on Line (2) Can also refer to premium charged in addition to the cost of an ongoing program for prior losses and, thus "payback" reinsurers
The time from initial investment in a system or changed process until the benefits of the investment have returned a sum equal to the initial investment and its subsequent on-going operating expenses Often used to set priorities on which investments a company should make
The time, usually in years, from some point in the development process until the commercialized product or service has recovered its costs of development and marketing While some firms take the point of full-scale market introduction of a new product as the starting point, others begin the clock at the start of development expense
the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life; "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord"--Romans 12: 19; "For vengeance I would do nothing This nation is too great to look for mere revenge"--James Garfield; "he swore vengeance on the man who betrayed him"; "the swiftness of divine retribution"
-The time from initial investment in a system or changed process until the benefits of the investment have returned a sum equal to the initial investment and its subsequent on-going operating expenses Often calculated to help determine which projects a company should undertake Also called payback period
/ˈpā ˈbak/ /ˈpeɪ ˈbæk/
[ 'pA ] (verb.) 13th century. Middle English, from Old French paier, from Latin pacare to pacify, from pac-, pax peace.
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