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 Right now agents are working with dozens of buyers, some of whom are willing to pay up to $4 million for a home. Dallas News, "Californians flocking to Southlake and Westlake," 31 Jan. 2021 If Dearborn Capital Management then defaults, Greimel maintains that the city could be obligated to pay up. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Pontiac politics warming as mayoral candidates declare they'll run amid downtown debate," 29 Jan. 2021 Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest and indictment in the investigation, and anonymous tips may be submitted at 214-373-8477. Jared Weber, Dallas News, "Father, daughter fatally shot Sunday in Pleasant Grove, police say," 16 Nov. 2020 Three weeks later, with Lee Wells still in the house and unable to pay up, Jones turned to law enforcement to file a criminal citation against her. Maya Miller, ProPublica, "When Falling Behind on Rent Leads to Jail Time," 26 Oct. 2020 The district, through its collections law firm, however, is fighting to make the colonia residents pay up. Eric Dexheimer,, "30 years on, Texas colonia residents billed for service they never received," 24 Dec. 2020 And local and state governments want Exxon and other oil companies to pay up. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | OTHERS SAY: Filing suit easier than passing legislation that works," 12 Dec. 2020 This fall, Hyundai and Kia agreed to pay up to $210 million in civil penalties as part of a settlement with U.S. safety regulators, who say the two brands failed to recall 1.6 million older-model vehicles for engine issues in a timely manner. Ben Foldy, WSJ, "Hyundai, Kia Pick Up Speed in 2020 With New SUVs," 30 Dec. 2020 For a crisis situation, such as a disconnection or a threat of disconnection, the program will pay up to $600 to keep your power on. Carlie Wells,, "Need help paying your electric bill? Apply for money from this Louisiana program," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of pay up

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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22 Feb 2021

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“Pay up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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