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 Unluckily for American companies, the White House has set its sights on them to pony up. The Economist, "America Inc is on the hook for Joe Biden’s splurge on infrastructure," 10 Apr. 2021 The Longhorns don’t have pony up $7.1 million for a buyout and can begin a new era with the Moody Center, the new $338 million home of Texas basketball, set to open in 2022. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Brooklyn Nets' Royal Ivey interviews to be Texas' next head coach," 28 Mar. 2021 The 49ers, who declined to pony up for All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner in 2020, opened their vault to keep Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams on Wednesday. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "49ers sign Trent Williams to record-breaking six-year, $138.06 million contract," 17 Mar. 2021 But are more than a few hundred thousand people going to pony up $6 a month for that? David Bloom, Forbes, "Three Questions For Disney’s Next 100 Million Streaming Subscribers," 10 Mar. 2021 Winterhawks season ticket holders got an email today urging them not to pony up for the service quite yet, as there will be discounts through the team coming down the road. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, "Trending Winterhawks: March 18 starts a compact schedule," 25 Feb. 2021 Asus will offer its standout ROG Flow X13 ultraportable convertible laptop without having to pony up for the custom eGPU GeForce RTX 3080 unit as well. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Asus will sell the fab ROG Flow X13 without an eGPU after all," 3 Feb. 2021 As their tenants decamp (or default) and rents fall, investors are understandably reluctant to pony up more cash. Justin Davidson, Curbed, "Would You Want to Live in an Office Tower on East 38th Street?," 19 Feb. 2021 The pandemic has all but decimated the city’s dining scene as restaurant owners have increasingly called on city leaders to pony up more dollars to help ailing watering holes and eateries. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "Hard-hit San Antonio bars and restaurant could soon get extra money from the city under council proposal," 9 Feb. 2021

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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 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Pony up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pony%20up. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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