pony up

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

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So why no fuss about ponying up to help the Obama Center? Mark Glennon, WSJ, "The Obama Center Can Afford More Than $1 Rent," 10 Aug. 2018 More than 12,000 spectators gathered to watch Prince Harry of Wales pony up against Argentine rival Nacho Figueras on Governors Island last weekend. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Royal, Charitable Affair," 29 June 2010 Sometimes, having to pony up my share of these purchases overwhelms me. Marie Claire, "A California Couple, a Blowout Wedding, and 2 Paychecks," 10 Jan. 2019 The more shareholders who opt to stay, the less cash the company or any new investor would have to pony up. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "Public or Private, Tesla Fans Are Along for the Ride," 10 Aug. 2018 To receive video streams at their full quality, users have to pony up significantly more cash. Karl Bode, The Verge, "How the new AT&T could bully its way to streaming domination," 18 Dec. 2018 Related It hasn’t been called on to pony up any of the cash committed to Blackstone, as the private-equity firm has yet to make an infrastructure investment out of the new fund. Maureen Farrell, WSJ, "Larger Tesla Stake by Giant Saudi Fund Faces Hurdles," 14 Aug. 2018 On a conference call last week, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., urged rank-and-file lawmakers to pony up extra cash and help for tough races. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Senate slipping away as Dems fight to preserve blue wave," 23 Oct. 2018 If Verizon refuses to pony up, surely one of its competitors will. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Throttling the 5G Internet," 25 Sep. 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

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