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pay off

To become worthwhile after a lapse.
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Her years of Spanish classes finally paid off when she found herself in Mexico and realized she could communicate with people.

Submitted on August 09, 2009

Additional definitions for 'pay off':

pay offTo bribe, especially to deter oversight.
pay offyield good results; succeed.
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