pay for itself


pay for itself
pay for itself phrase
if something that you have bought pays for itself, it allows you to save as much money as you paid when you bought it

A more efficient machine would pay for itself within a year.

Thesaurus: relating to making profitsynonym
Main entry: pay

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(of an object or system) earn or save enough money to cover the cost of its purchase

the best insulation will pay for itself in less than a year

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pay for itself
◇ If you buy something that pays for itself, the amount of money you save by using the product for a period of time is more than the amount of money you spent when you bought the product.

You save so much on heating costs with our high-quality windows that the windows will pay for themselves within five years!

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Main Entry:pay

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ˌpay for itˈself idiom
(of a new system, sth you have bought, etc.) to save as much money as it cost

The rail pass will pay for itself after about two trips.

Main entry:payidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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