pony up


ponied up; ponying up; ponies 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
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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of pony up was in 1824

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“Pony up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pony%20up. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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