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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In December of 2018, the board approved an agreement with city police to pony up $1.2 million per year to fund full-time school resource officers at its nine high schools. oregonlive.com, "The Portland school board’s three new members weigh in on whether police belong in district schools," 26 June 2019 But as the Cayenne’s success demonstrates, apparently there are plenty of people — soccer moms and otherwise — willing to pony up. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, "Porsche’s 2019 Cayenne Turbo can haul your groceries from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds," 21 June 2019 But there were plenty of people able to pony up the $5,000 membership fee, although prospective members had to be personally screened by Geist. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Who is Clarence Geist and why did they name a reservoir after him?," 20 June 2019 The private foundation that normally funds hospital art couldn’t find a donor to pony up the money for it. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Painting of 18-year-old Muhammad Ali could end up at Valley Medical Center — for $125,000 or so," 8 June 2019 To get ahold of it, Fosse devotees will have to pony up for the DVD, which is available on Amazon. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How to Watch All That Jazz, the Bob Fosse Movie Featured in the Fosse/Verdon Finale," 29 May 2019 So why no fuss about ponying up to help the Obama Center? Mark Glennon, WSJ, "The Obama Center Can Afford More Than $1 Rent," 10 Aug. 2018 More than 12,000 spectators gathered to watch Prince Harry of Wales pony up against Argentine rival Nacho Figueras on Governors Island last weekend. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Royal, Charitable Affair," 29 June 2010 Sometimes, having to pony up my share of these purchases overwhelms me. Marie Claire, "A California Couple, a Blowout Wedding, and 2 Paychecks," 10 Jan. 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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