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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Correia, who was arrested Sept. 6 for the second time in a year, has been accused of extorting four marijuana companies by refusing to issue them local approval letters unless the vendors paid up. BostonGlobe.com, "The local approval process, which often leaves the fate of a marijuana company in the hands of a single municipal leader, has been," 17 Sep. 2019 It is claimed that the club's owners, the Abu Dhabi United Group, had paid up to £60m as opposed to being paid by the club's airline sponsor, Etihad. SI.com, "Man City Still Risk Champions League Ban at the End of Season as Financial Fair Play Case Rumbles On," 12 Sep. 2019 The cities have shown a willingness to pay up to in order to get services back up and running. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Even After Capital One’s Breach, Don’t Doubt the Cloud—Cyber Saturday," 24 Aug. 2019 City law allows the water utility to pay up to 5 percent of its gross annual revenue to the city, but that rate has been set at 2.7 percent since SAWS formed in 1992. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Get ready to pay a price for San Antonio’s homestead exemption," 9 Aug. 2019 The government thinks these corporations should pay up and treat the addiction their products caused. Zachary Siegel, The New Republic, "The Opioid Crisis Is About More Than Corporate Greed," 30 July 2019 Nageleisen said Carroll's family could pay up to a $100,000 bond. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Judge denies lower bond: Man accused of third DUI in Boone County crash that killed the mother of twins," 24 July 2019 Starting in January, instead of just accepting applicants who work remotely for out-of-state companies, Vermont will pay up to $7,500 in expenses to people who come to work for local firms. Washington Post, "Some rural states double down on attracting new residents," 12 June 2019 Today, most policies pay up to $1,500 a year and a single crown can cost $1,200. Samantha Swindler, OregonLive.com, "Domestic violence survivor, single mom, wins $40,000 in dental implants," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pay up

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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