pay up

paid up; paying up; pays up

Definition of pay up

intransitive verb

: to pay what is due

transitive verb

: to pay in full

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Examples of pay up in a Sentence

for once our bills are all paid up
Recent Examples on the Web After promising Pompeo the award, the foundation later rescinded it after pressure from media groups that paid up to $50,000 for a table, according to knowledgeable sources who spoke with the Washington Examiner. Jon Brown, Washington Examiner, "'I find God in suffering': Trump recognizes parents of ISIS victim Kayla Mueller during State of the Union," 4 Feb. 2020 In a market being flooded with much cheaper smart speakers from Amazon and Google, Sonos can’t really afford to alienate those who paid up early on. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Sonos Hears You," 24 Jan. 2020 This year, Trump’s club has added more events for its existing members, who already paid up to $200,000 to join., "The old Mar-a-Lago is gone. This is the new Mar-a-Lago.," 23 Nov. 2019 Instead of allowing libraries to buy the e-books and e-audiobooks for keeps, the publisher now requires libraries to pay up every two years to keep their copies. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "New publishing policy could limit new release e-books, e-audiobooks, and Northeast Ohio libraries aren’t happy," 26 Sep. 2019 Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to arrests and indictments in this case. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "16-year-old’s death in Pleasant Grove park will be treated as a murder, Dallas police say," 25 Jan. 2020 Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for information that leads to the location or arrest of these individuals. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Help Crime Stoppers catch some of Houston’s most wanted fugitives," 4 Nov. 2019 Poland has in the past offered to pay up to $2 billion to build a base or multiple bases for U.S. troops. Fox News, "Trump, Duda sign agreement to send 1,000 more US troops to Poland," 25 Sep. 2019 In 2017, Diageo agreed to pay up to $1 billion to scoop up the brand. John Kell, Fortune, "The Celebrity-Branded Liquor Market Is Oversaturated," 21 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pay up

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Pay up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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