pony up

ponied up; ponying 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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And working out a deal so far in advance of the trade deadline could mean ponying up a bigger haul in young talent to convince the Orioles to move, and the Mariners don’t have a terribly deep farm system right now. Rethinking their inclusion here. Ted Berg, For The Win, "7 teams that could realistically pull off a trade for Manny Machado," 23 May 2018 Clearly ponying up a quarter of a billion dollars to run this year's team back was going to be a bridge too far. Tim Bontemps, chicagotribune.com, "Free agency has altered the Western Conference, but not enough to seriously threaten the Warriors," 5 July 2018 If Trump tries to neutralize the effects on, say, diminished farm exports through the Roosevelt-era Commodity Credit Corporation, Congress will have to eventually pony up money to help cover the CCC’s losses. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Can the US-China trade war be stopped? 11 experts weigh in.," 8 July 2018 That player, his importance to his team’s culture, and the peace of mind that comes with having him is worth whatever amount the Warriors will have to pony up to keep him. Ben Ladner, SI.com, "Golden State Warriors Off-Season Preview: Kevin Durant Appears to Be a Safe Bet to Resign," 10 June 2018 If the end game is really the president, as some people in the White House are saying, is just jawboning the allies to pony up more, great. Fox News, "The politics of Trump's tough love for NATO," 12 July 2018 Drivers can expect to pony up a bit more money for infractions like going over the meter time limit, parking in a residential zone without a permit, double-parking, and parking in a loading zone. Jaclyn Reiss, BostonGlobe.com, "Drivers, beware: Boston parking ticket prices are going up, starting today," 2 July 2018 Of course, Democrats know that Republicans know that their route to success will be easier if Democrats pony up all their votes. Sarah Binder, Washington Post, "Some moderate Republicans are trying to force a House vote on DACA. Here’s what that means.," 10 May 2018 Although food and drink are not included, a view of the fight is, and, of course, a la carte options will be available, which beats ponying up for PPV and having to cook your own food. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do in Chicago this weekend," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of pony up

1824, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for pony up

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