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    Silverobama is offline Senior Member
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    Hi,

    Jerry was satisfied; he'd paid off his ex-partner when he bought him out at half-price.

    Amy went out with her roommate's boyfriend, but she was paying off and old score.

    What does these two sentence mean?

    Thanks a lot

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    Default Re: pay off

    1 He owed him no more.
    2 She was getting revenge

    *an* old score

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    Default Re: pay off

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi,

    Jerry was satisfied; he'd paid off his ex-partner when he bought him out at half-price. In the business world, as seems to be the case in your example, it means to buy all share(s) and rights to the enterprise and, again in your example, it would indicate that the transaction was made at half the actual market value.

    Amy went out with her roommate's boyfriend, but she was paying off and old score. This would indicate that Amy's action was a form of retribution for something that she felt was an offense in the past by her roommate. "To pay off" means to settle some debt and in this case debt = the offense. "An old score" is a term meaning an outstanding offense from the past.

    What does these two sentence mean?

    Thanks a lot
    b.

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