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Paying back   /pˈeɪɪŋ bæk/   Listen
Paying back

A reciprocal group action.  Synonyms: getting even, return.

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"Paying back" Quotes from Famous Books

... turned your head—I didn't know it was so weak. But look into your heart when I am gone—you'll have time enough and quiet enough—and ask yourself honestly whether what you are going to do is a proper way of paying back all I have done for you, and all the expense you have been. You know what my wishes are about you, and you don't care one jot. Gratitude! There isn't a spark of it in your whole body. Never was there a more selfish creature, and I can't believe that ingratitude and selfishness are the ...
— The Benefactress • Elizabeth Beauchamp

... wise and politic constitutions of government, full of the liberty which we ourselves bring and breathe; from our zeal for learning, institutions shall spring which shall scatter the light of knowledge throughout the land, and, in time, paying back where they have borrowed, shall contribute their part to the great aggregate of human knowledge; and our descendants, through all generations, shall look back to this spot, and to this hour, with ...
— The Great Speeches and Orations of Daniel Webster • Daniel Webster

... so. Yet I have done things to you and yours that you can scarcely hold as noble," said Saladin. "I stole your cousin from her home, as her mother had been stolen from mine, paying back ill with ill, which is against the law, and in his own hall my servants slew her father and your uncle, who was once my friend. Well, these things I did because a fate drove me on—the fate of a dream, the fate of a dream. Say, Sir Godwin, is that story which ...
— The Brethren • H. Rider Haggard

Words linked to "Paying back" :   tit for tat, getting even, revenge, requital, return, payment, group action, retaliation, reciprocation

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