Phrasal Verbs

pay out

This page is about the phrasal verb pay out


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


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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