pay 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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Net neutrality is a principle that states internet service providers have to treat all traffic fairly, without prioritizing some services over others or blocking or degrading those that don’t pay up. David Meyer, Fortune, "Tech Firms and Democrats Think They Can Save Net Neutrality. Here's How Their Last-Ditch Attempt Would Work," 9 May 2018 The partnership allows the counties to pay up to $1,000 for tips leading to the arrest of felony criminals. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Commissioners yield to Dayton for stricter subdivision rules," 29 Mar. 2018 Broward County Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous calls and will pay up to $3,000 for tips that lead to an arrest. Linda Trischitta,, "Man, 77, found slain in downtown Fort Lauderdale," 10 July 2018 In November, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that Bryce had been delinquent on child support, and paid up shortly after entering the campaign. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Kavanaugh’s paper trail makes his confirmation harder but ensures he’ll be reliably conservative," 10 July 2018 The informant alleged that Balian agreed to track down the person responsible in exchange for $10,000, partly paid up front, according to the affidavit. Alene Tchekmedyian,, "New charges against Glendale cop alleging ties to Mexican Mafia and Armenian organized crime signal possible plea deal," 12 June 2018 Citations begin at $75 for adults and $55 for juveniles up to age 18 and increase after a second offense, and why so few people pay up is unclear. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, "BART cited 1,300 fare evaders in 2 months. Only about 100 paid up," 4 June 2018 While both Apple and Ireland have said that the agreement between them was legal, the Commission argued that Apple has illegally sidestepped steep tax bills and must pay up. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Will Start Paying Billions in Back Taxes to Ireland," 24 Apr. 2018 The state's Department of Agriculture and Forestry would be in charge distributing permits to drivers and making sure the companies pay up. Beau Evans,, "Statewide Uber, Lyft law gets a second chance in Louisiana," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pay up

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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