Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun paying_back

1 sense of paying back

Sense 1
return, paying back, getting even -- (a reciprocal group action; "in return we gave them as good as we got")
       => group action -- (action taken by a group of people)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb pay_back

2 senses of pay back

Sense 1
reward, repay, pay back -- (act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions)
       => act, move -- (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel")

Sense 2
pay back, pay off, get, fix -- (take vengeance on or get even; "We'll get them!"; "That'll fix him good!"; "This time I got him")
       => get even, get back -- (take revenge or even out a score; "I cannot accept the defeat--I want to get even")

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