pay out

This page is about the phrasal verb pay out.

Meaning: to pay a sum of money to somebody, especially a large sum

Synonym: shell out

For example:

  • pay sth out If you win the lottery, they'll pay the money out in installments over several years.

  • pay out sth Most insurance companies will try to find any reason they can to avoid paying out claims to their customers.

Nouns often used as objects with pay out: award, compensation, prize money, winnings, reward, lump sum, insurance claim

Quick Quiz:

Insurance companies sometimes try to avoid paying out claims because they want to

a. help their customers

b. increase their profits

c. make large losses

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Contributor: Matt Errey