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pay off / liquidar
 
pay off   pay
A. -transitive verb + adverb
1. [+debt]   liquidar,   saldar
[+mortgage]   amortizar
·to pay something off in instalments
·pagar algo a plazos
·to pay off old scores
·ajustar cuentas
2. (=discharge)
[+workers, crew]   pagar y despedir
B. -intransitive verb + adverb   merecer or valer la pena
·the gamble paid off
·mereció or valió la pena arriesgarse
·his efforts paid off
·sus esfuerzos merecieron or valieron la pena
·the investment paid off handsomely
·la inversiónoun bien mereció la pena or dio muy buenos frutos
·when do you think it will begin to pay off?
·¿cuándo piensas que empezará a dar resultado?
 
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