3 something given in return; punishment or reward
n the deposit paid on an item purchased on hire-purchase, mortgage, etc.
payment by results
n a system of wage payment whereby all or part of the wage varies systematically according to the level of work performance of an employee
n an instalment of a larger payment made to a contractor for work carried out up to a specified stage of the job
n a sum of money given by an employer to an employee who has been made redundant: usually calculated on the basis of the employee's rate of pay and length of service
n an instruction to a bank by the drawer of a cheque to refuse payment on it
n a small payment made in acknowledgment of the existence of debt
n usually pl money received by an individual or family from the state or other body, often a pension or unemployment benefit. It is not reckoned when calculating the national income as it is money transferred rather than paid for merchandise or a service rendered
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