Meaning of PAYOFF in English

PAYOFF

/pay"awf', -of'/ , n.

1. the payment of a salary, debt, wager, etc.

2. the time at which such payment is made.

3. the consequence, outcome, or final sequence in a series of events, actions, or circumstances: The payoff was when they fired him.

4. Informal. the climax of something, esp. a story or joke.

5. a settlement or reckoning, as in retribution or reward.

6. Informal. a bribe.

adj.

7. yielding results, esp. rewarding or decisive results: The payoff play was the long pass into the end zone.

[ 1910-15; n., adj. use of v. phrase pay off ]

Syn. 3. climax, upshot, finale.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .