pay back (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb pay back (2).

Meaning: If you pay someone back for doing something bad to you, you do something bad to them in return.

Synonym: get back at

For example:

  • pay sb back Jim was angry after I fired him and he said he'd pay me back one day.

  • pay sb back for sth The kid who shot fifteen students in his high school said he was paying them back for all their insults and put-downs.

Quick Quiz:

Ian said he was going to pay Harry back for telling the police that he was

a. innocent

b. guilty

c. not involved

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Contributor: Matt Errey