pony up

ponied up; ponying up; ponies up

Definition of pony up

transitive verb

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

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 People with limited means shouldn’t feel any pressure to pony up. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Its future owner will have to pony up cash equaling the cost of 189 highest-end Steinways. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Apr. 2022 Other major networks were interested, but most were unwilling to pony up the money backers desired to make an epic with a strong female focus. Diane Garrett, Variety, 24 Mar. 2022 If the price point is right, the move could entice customers to pony up for newer iPhones, iPads, and Macs more frequently, rather than holding on to older devices. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 25 Mar. 2022 If his Harold Hill made his sales pitch directly to the audience, half of us would undoubtedly pony up for musical instruments as well. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Feb. 2022 High-end brands are asking you to pony up well north of $1,000 for a watch with a battery that cannot be replaced and will eventually degrade. Adam Speight, Wired, 10 Feb. 2022 Visitors who don’t want to pony up $1,000 can opt for the winery’s single-vineyard Cabernets (paired with cheese and charcuterie) tasting for $125-$150 per person. Jess Lander, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Mar. 2022 The Gateway trail system has many equine access points, so stay alert and be prepared to pony up those trail etiquette protocols at a moment’s notice. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 16 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

27 Apr 2022

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“Pony up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pony%20up. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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