Meaning of pay back in English:

pay back

Translate pay back into Spanish

phrasal verb

  • 1pay someone or something back, pay back someone or somethingRepay a loan to someone.

    ‘a regular amount was deducted from my wages to pay her back’
    • ‘the money should be paid back with interest’
    • ‘they did pay me back the money’
    • ‘Oh, and next time you pay her back on a loan ask for a receipt nicely.’
    • ‘They can always pay us back when things get better.’
    • ‘Don't worry Kate, please, he said it was only a loan and we are going to pay him back.’
    • ‘My sister paid the wages of the funeral, so I have to pay her back.’
    • ‘The Irishman pays him back with interest in his own money.’
    • ‘‘I thought it might be quicker if I went and got one myself,’ I said. ‘Do you mind paying me back out of petty cash?’
    • ‘I promise to pay you back in the middle of August.’
    • ‘If I can't make the moolah, how am I going to pay you back for my education?’
    • ‘He'd obviously taken it from somebody else's account to pay us back, I think that's what had been happening.’
    • ‘He had been offered a job locally and said he wanted to pay us back.’
    repay, pay off, give back, return, remunerate, compensate, make amends to, make restitution to, reimburse, recoup, refund, restore, make good, indemnify, requite
  • 2pay someone back, pay back someoneTake revenge on someone.

    ‘when someone does you wrong, the first instinct is to pay them back for hurting you’
    • ‘Then the universe or whatever is out there pays me back by making bad things happen to me and the people around me.’
    • ‘And somewhere down the road, she will be paying me back for all 118 guests who didn't show up.’
    • ‘I think my body is paying me back for subjecting it to a years' worth of hard shift work.’
    • ‘He added: ‘I'd like to think the games I have played for Walter have been my way of paying him back.’’
    • ‘He will not only be happy to explain everything, but to find some way to pay me back for all this.’
    • ‘This mass culture exacts a price, and people are paid back for what they do - or don't do - to the environment.’
    get one's revenge on, be revenged on, revenge oneself on, give someone their just deserts, reciprocate, punish, avenge oneself on, hit back at, get back at, get, get even with, settle a score with, settle the score with, settle accounts with, pay someone out, retaliate against, take reprisals against, exact retribution on
    1. 2.1Reward someone for something done earlier.
      • ‘I took Aunt Shirley a cake to pay her back for solving a problem my grandmother had’