Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(huge) payoff

1) very big reward or financial gain, the positive result of a set of actions
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    • a huge financial/personal payoff
  • Analysis
     A 'payoff' is an advantage or benefit that can be obtained from doing something. This phrase refers particularly to (but not always) a monetary gain that occurs because of something. A 'huge payoff' is an advantage or benefit which is over the odds: "The money I invested early on had a huge payoff." "Investing in mentorship programs rarely has the huge payoff that employers expect."
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Looking after the physical and mental well-being of employees may be costly, but in the long term, it can have a huge payoff for companies. Data shows that it leads to less sick days being taken and higher productivity.
    2. This investment is very risky, and I can't guarantee it will have a huge payoff, but as my client, I would advise you to stay the course instead of following the herd and selling your shares. 
    3. Investing in your education can have a huge payoff as the best jobs often go to the people with the best qualifications.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I have spent a lot of money on the gym this year but it has had a huge payoff. My doctor said my health has improved dramatically.
    2. Selling my car has had a huge payoff. I save money on transport by cycling and don't have to spend money on road tax or insurance.
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