pony up

verb
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
Recent Examples on the Web Millennials and GenX were willing to dig into their wallet for the extra $22 while Baby Boomers would only pony up an average of $11. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Younger Americans are willing to pay twice as much as their parents for clean energy," 30 Oct. 2019 However, ponying up might not be so bad for Las Vegas residents this month: The city is accepting food donations in lieu of cash for citations issued between October 16 and November 16. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A surprise party, Sriracha secrets and some serious twinning," 19 Oct. 2019 Grab your cheap Bud Light or rum and Coke or pony up a handsome $7 for a pint of Texas beer, then wander to the burger counter and get ready to wait. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Southtown 101," 11 Oct. 2019 Among the old investors who decided to pony up again were Viking Global Investors, a Greenwich, Conn., hedge fund; Cascade Investment, the investment firm owned by Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates; and Baillie Gifford, an investment firm in Edinburgh. BostonGlobe.com, "Ginkgo, a Boston biotech venture, is a magnet for VC money - The Boston Globe," 20 Sep. 2019 For someone who sleeps next to a snorer, that might be enough to pony up for a new bed. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "To Compete With Startups, Old-School Mattress Makers Plug Into Data," 29 July 2019 In addition, the TFS mandates that participating states and provinces pony up extra credits as insurance, in case fires or other natural disasters accidentally release carbon that was stored for offsets. Los Angeles Times, "The world is watching as California weighs controversial plan to save tropical forests," 13 Sep. 2019 Mississippi has already dedicated $15 million and Louisiana is ponying up $10 million to match the $33 million CRISI grant that was awarded in June. al, "Amid I-10 fallout, Ivey weighs Amtrak’s Mobile return," 31 Aug. 2019 While terms of the deals were not disclosed, Wall Street Journal reports that Entercom is ponying up $18 million for Pineapple, and that its deal for Cadence13 values the company at nearly $50 million. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Entercom Buys Podcast Firms Cadence13 and Pineapple Street Media," 7 Aug. 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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15 Nov 2019

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“Pony up.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pony%20up. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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