Definitions of payback

n the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life

retribution, vengeance
Type of:
retaliation, revenge
action taken in return for an injury or offense

n financial return or reward (especially returns equal to the initial investment)

Type of:
issue, payoff, proceeds, return, take, takings, yield
the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property