To pay off

Related to To pay off: paid out, Paid off, paying out
To make compensation to and discharge; as, to pay off the crew of a ship
To allow (a thread, cord, etc.) to run off; to unwind.
to bribe.

See also: Pay, Pay, Pay

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Pitt's celebrated sinking-fund = Sir William Pitt "the younger"(1759-1806), when he became Prime Minister in 1784, sought to raise taxes in order to pay off the British national debt}
I have a little money saved up, enough to pay off what you owe.
Then he laid himself down and slept off a little of his weariness; and when he awoke the next morning he broke off a head both of the good and the bad salad, and thought to himself, 'This will help me to my fortune again, and enable me to pay off some folks for their treachery.' So he went away to try and find the castle of his friends; and after wandering about a few days he luckily found it.
He became first secretary to and then part owner of a tile and brick factory, and in a few years made enough money to pay off all his old debts.
* Affordable payments: A 20-year mortgage is a good alternative to a 15-year mortgage, as many homebuyers can't stretch their budget to make the higher payments required to pay off a mortgage in 15 years, but yet they want to pay off the home faster.
If you have revolving credit, you can choose to pay off the amount immediately, or over months by paying a minimum payment.
RIGA, Aug 6 (LETA) - The number of borrowers struggling to pay off their loans and extending their loan repayment schedules three or more times increased last year, Baiba Vitolina, head of the Consumer Rights Protection Center (PTAC), said at a news conference Tuesday.
If you use a 30-year mortgage refinance loan and borrow an extra $10,000 to pay off your personal loan, you'd stretch out your repayments for 25 years longer.
The total size of the debt on this loan is $492.6 million and Kyrgyzstan will have to pay off its debt until 2033.
Another Chinese tourist was barred from entering Taiwan on Sunday for failing to pay off a fine of NT$200,000 (US$6,510) for attempted meat smuggling from an African swine fever (ASF) affected area, on the third day that a new regulation has been put into effect.
But rushing to pay off those mortgages may not be a good idea, either.
'We came to work here to get money to pay off bank loans, but we have not been paid.