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earn-out
 n.Note: OED has an entry for “earnout,” unhyphenated, added in September 2006, which defines the term as “a contractual provision whereby the seller of a business receives additional payments if the business achieves specified levels of future performance.” «As part of the original $4.1-billion bid, Skype shareholders were offered a lump sum of $2.4-billion, plus what is known as an “earn-out” clause, which would see the company receive an additional $1.7-billion if it met certain growth targets.» —“EBay’s bad Skype call” by Mathew Ingram Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada) Oct. 4, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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