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Phrasal Verbs

pay back (1)

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. have borrowed

b. have spent

c. have earned

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