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pay back (1)

Meaning: If you pay someone back, you return money that you borrowed from them in the past.

Synonym: repay

For example:

  • pay sb back Thanks for lending me the money. I'll pay you back when I get paid next week.

  • pay back sb Will you pay back your friends first, or will you pay back the bank first?

  • pay sth back to sb You promised you'd pay all the money back to me this week. So where is it?

Quick Quiz:

I always pay back any money that I
  1. have borrowed
  2. have spent
  3. have earned

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