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 But Congress passed provisions to the Department of Health and Human Services' spending bills each year to block those payments, and both the Obama and Trump administrations argued those provisions meant the federal government didn't have to pay up. TheWeek, "Supreme Court rules insurance companies can collect billions to cover Affordable Care Act losses," 27 Apr. 2020 President Donald Trump recently expressed sympathy for businesses asking insurers to pay up for business interruption coverage. Michael Tarm, Anchorage Daily News, "Legal battles loom across the U.S. as businesses hit by pandemic shutdown sue insurers," 23 Apr. 2020 President Donald Trump recently expressed sympathy for businesses asking insurers to pay up for business interruption coverage. Michael Tarm, The Christian Science Monitor, "Should insurance cover business losses during a pandemic?," 23 Apr. 2020 But the Browns are willing to pay up for one of the pass-rushers, who are hard to come by. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Will the Browns wait and try to trade for Trent Williams when they’re on the clock at No. 10? Hey, Mary Kay!," 5 Apr. 2020 The message, however, is clear: GM is still responsible to pay up for these ignition switches, no matter when they were installed. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "GM, After Six-Year Battle, Settles Another Ignition-Switch Lawsuit for $120 Million," 28 Mar. 2020 When a businessman is about to sign a check to someone who owes him something, the businessman asks that person to pay up before signing the check. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Read George Kent and William Taylor's Full Opening Statements at the First Public Hearing in Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry," 13 Nov. 2019 In a similar case Tuesday, the General Court decided that automaker Fiat will have to pay up to 30 million euros ($33 million) in back taxes to Luxembourg. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Starbucks court ruling deals blow to EU tax break fight," 24 Sep. 2019 Some speculate that gang members, cash-strapped during the pandemic, may have been sending out a message to extortion victims to pay up back dues. Los Angeles Times, "El Salvador’s president accused of using coronavirus to bolster autocratic agenda," 30 Apr. 2020

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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 1 Jun. 2020.

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