pay back someone

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Agito a42, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. Agito a42

    Agito a42 Senior Member

    Russian
    Source: Drive (2011), an American crime thriller film.

    Ryan agreed to help the husband of a woman he likes to rob a pawnshop so the husband can repay mobsters.
    A friend of Ryan's: A lot of guys mess around with married women, but you're the only one I know who robs a joint just to pay back the husband.

    I wonder if to pay back here is used in the sense "to give someone the same amount of money that you borrowed from them". Ryan didn't owe the husband anything, he just wanted to help. Perhaps it's a mistake? "Redeem", is the word that should be there, no?
     
  2. Barque Senior Member

    India
    Tamil
    No, "redeem" isn't the right word there. But I agree "pay back the husband" doesn't fit if Ryan was only helping him repay his debts. I'd say it's a mistake, or perhaps just loose use of words.
     
  3. Agito a42

    Agito a42 Senior Member

    Russian
    Thank you, Barque.
    Perhaps you have any suggestions? How about buy out?
     
  4. Barque Senior Member

    India
    Tamil
    I'd say "just to help out the husband" or "just to get the husband out of a hole". He isn't buying out the husband but helping the husband solve his problems.
     
  5. Agito a42

    Agito a42 Senior Member

    Russian
    OK, I see. Thank you, Barque.
     

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