pay up

pay up
verb
cancel or discharge a debt
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pay up, please!

Syn: ↑ante up, ↑pay
Ant: ↑default
Derivationally related forms: ↑pay (for: ↑pay), ↑payment (for: ↑pay)
Hypernyms: ↑pay
Hyponyms: ↑liquidate, ↑pay off
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s something

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MAKE PAYMENT, settle up, pay (in full); informal cough up.
pay

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verb
Etymology: Middle English payen up, from payen to pay + up — more at pay
: to pay in full : bring (as debts, dues) up to date by paying
: to pay what is due or what is demanded

the threat of court action was enough to make him pay up

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pay up
1. To pay in full
2. To pay arrears
3. To pay (for) in instalments
4. To accept the necessity and pay
5. To pay on demand
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Main Entry:pay

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ˌpay ˈup [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they pay up he/she/it pays up present participle paying up past tense paid up past participle paid up] phrasal verb
to pay money that you owe, especially when you are unwilling to pay

We’re waiting for the insurance company to pay up.

Thesaurus: to pay, or to not pay money you owehyponym
Main entry: pay

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pay up (or pay something up)
pay a debt in full

you’ve got ninety days to pay up the principal

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pay up [phrasal verb]
somewhat informal
1 : to pay what you owe : to pay what is due

We paid up and left.

He decided to pay up after they threatened to take him to court for the money.

2
◇ If you are paid up, you have given all of the money that you owe until a specific date.

You're (all) paid up through June. [=you do not have to pay any more money until after June]

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Main Entry:pay

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ˌpay ˈup derived
to pay all the money that you owe to sb, especially when you do not want to or when the payment is late

I had a hard time getting him to pay up.

Main entry:payderived

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