Definition of pay up (or pay something up) in English:

pay up (or pay something up)

phrasal verb

  • Pay a debt in full.

    ‘you've got ninety days to pay up the principal’
    • ‘And if you have old debts, pay them up, until you are free of outstanding financial debts.’
    • ‘It would be appreciated if contributions for the upgrading of this water scheme could be paid up by 26th June.’
    • ‘Admission is by ticket only and no one can get in unless they are paid up and can produce their ticket.’
    • ‘But Reilly paid it up over the months, waiting for the final payment before he took the camera home.’
    • ‘I have 18 months left on my contract there and if the manager wants me out then they will have to pay my contract up.’
    • ‘He also said that no one should play until all his or her fees are paid up.’
    • ‘The same applies to old life insurance policies where premiums have not been paid for some time, or where the policy is paid up but has been forgotten about.’
    • ‘All my properties were sold, my taxes were paid up, a trust fund was set up for my children and whatever cash was left was spent on my legal fees at the original trial.’
    • ‘They would pay a deposit on the item and then so much a week until it was paid up.’
    make payment, pay, settle up, pay in full, meet one's obligations, come up with the money
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