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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As a result, Mandy had to shell out more than $200 a month out of pocket — until, after a lengthy appeals process, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois finally agreed to pay up. German Lopez, Vox, "The simple idea that could help end America’s opioid epidemic," 26 Dec. 2018 In New York City, Amazon employees will also have to pay up to an 8.8 percent personal state income tax, as well as a 3.8 percent city income tax (wild guess: Jeff Bezos keeps his primary residence in Medina). Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "We freaked out over Amazon’s HQ2 search. But it turned out to be for all the wrong reasons," 13 Nov. 2018 The organization pays up to $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Linda Trischitta,, "Man shot to death near Fort Lauderdale; police seek help to find killer," 9 July 2018 In negotiations, insurance lobbyists were willing to pay up to 25 percent of contents coverage without an inventory, and the chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee suggested 50 percent, McGuire said. Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle, "California bills to boost homeowners insurance after wildfires wither," 9 June 2018 If it were done, owners of unlicensed pets might be encouraged to pay up, knowing the money was going to help other homeless animals. Stu Bykofsky,, "Almost all Philly dog owners are lawbreakers | Stu Bykofsky," 7 June 2018 Many investment firms pay up to hire mathematical and computer experts to automate more of their trading. Rachael Levy, WSJ, "D.E. Shaw Is a Quant King. Its Humans Are Losing Money," 8 Nov. 2018 According to the Post, depending on how many questions the winner answers in a speed round, the show will pay up to 100 percent of those loans, with TruTV footing the bill. Aurelie Corinthios,, "New Game Show Will Pay Off Winners' Student Debt: 'An Absurd Show to Match an Absurd Crisis'," 10 July 2018 The village will also pay up to $3,000 for lifeguard equipment. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lifeguards will return to Atwater Beach in Shorewood this summer," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of pay up

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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