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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If Verizon refuses to pony up, surely one of its competitors will. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Throttling the 5G Internet," 25 Sep. 2018 In a change in attitude from China’s leadership, ministries and local governments are ponying up funds to support private firms. Chao Deng, WSJ, "China’s Private-Sector Woes Spur Leaders Into Action," 19 Nov. 2018 Last year, a man had to pony up almost $100,000 after getting way too drunk and physically assaulting a cabin crew member on a Hawaiian Airlines flight to New York, which also had to return to its base in Honolulu. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Drunk Airline Passengers in the U.K. Could Face $100,000 Fines," 27 July 2018 And nonfinancial corporations, with debt equal to 160% of GDP, aren’t in a great position to pony up more. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "China’s Tax Whodunit Is Far From Over," 5 Oct. 2018 In a very 2018 twist, this reunion just might depend on Netflix or Amazon ponying up for the rights. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Will Friends Be the Next 90s Sitcom to Get a Reboot?," 1 Aug. 2018 The county paid $500,000 at the start of the year, and will pony up about $700,000 this month. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Bankruptcy means wake-up call for field of dreams at Cobb-Bartow line," 14 June 2018 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

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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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