pony up

ponied up; ponying up; ponies up

Definition of pony up

transitive verb

: to pay (money) especially in settlement of an account

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Examples of pony up in a Sentence

despite having good credit, the couple still had to pony up a large down payment for the house

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Instead, Joseph said, the state should pony up funds to fix the dam. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "Proposal to drain Lake McQueeney in wake of dam failures ripples through small town," 11 Aug. 2019 So pony up at the bar with your grape leaves and shepherd’s salad, and order a glass of beer or wine. Max Falkowitz, New York Times, "A Twilight Tour at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Refreshments in Sunset Park to Follow.," 26 June 2019 Consumers aren't looking to pony up for the benefits of 5G either. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, "5G will soon change your life. But first, you'll have to find it," 9 Aug. 2019 This Montreal business, then, seems designed into scaring St. Petersburg into ponying up for a new stadium before then (and presumably acts as a gauge of how serious Montreal is about paying for a team). Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Split-Season Push in Montreal Is the Rays' Latest Desperate Attempt for a New Stadium," 20 June 2019 Starting in November, foreign investors will have to pony up more cash to get on the fast track to a green card, while developers will have a harder time gaming the system to get cut-rate deals. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Trump takes aim at 'golden visa' program that's pumped hundreds of millions of dollars in investment into Texas," 24 Aug. 2019 Hard-nosed economics says that the value to such third parties is no more than their willingness to actually pony up their own cash for preservation. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Weighing the value of what we spend," 18 Aug. 2019 Is California State University hoarding a $1.5-billion surplus, hiding it from legislators and students while threatening to hike tuition unless the state ponies up more money? Teresa Watanabe, latimes.com, "That mysterious $1.5 billion found in an audit? Cal State says it’s ‘nothing nefarious’," 21 June 2019 The solution is not to pony up, but to hit delete — and change your passwords regularly. Washington Post, "Liz Weston: Don’t be duped by these phone and email scams," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of pony up

1824, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for pony up

origin unknown

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