pay up

verb
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

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Wendt can be paid up to $250,000 annually, including reimbursements for expenses, the agreement says. Hillary Borrud, OregonLive.com, "Oregon officials agree to reduce the use of hotels as temporary homes for foster children," 27 Feb. 2018 Sands plans to visit the campus often before taking office on July 1 and will be paid up to $125,000 for his time, according to his contract. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "Cleveland State University spent $126,916 to find new president," 7 Feb. 2018 So, the mayor wants to pay up to $10,200 over three years to those willing to move and help grow the city. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "The Mayor of this Cute Little Italian Village Will Pay You $10,000 to Move There," 31 Jan. 2019 Account assets can now be used to pay up to $10,000 per year, per student, of private-school tuition for K-12, as long as the state sponsoring the plan concurs. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Everything You Need to Know About the New Tax Law—Before the End of the Year," 2 Nov. 2018 Fotomac claim that the Omur has been tracked for a number of years by Leicester boss Claude Puel, and are willing to pay up to £25m for his services. SI.com, "Leicester City Reportedly Make Offer of £25m for Turkey Teenager & Trabzonspor Prodigy," 2 July 2018 If victims didn’t pay up, callers threatened arrest, deportation, or heavier fines. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "24 people have now been sentenced in India-based phone-scam case," 24 July 2018 In an effort to cajole violators to pay up, city marshalls will be booting cars whose owners owe more than $350 in traffic fines. Steve Rousseau, Popular Mechanics, "Can the Parking Boot Be Beat?," 6 June 2013 On the other hand, those who already paid up...get pretty much nothing. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Blizzard dispels Diablo 4 rumors, and Hitman 2 adds Sean Bean to the cast," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of pay up

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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