pony up

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Verb[edit]

pony up (third-person singular simple present ponies up, present participle ponying up, simple past and past participle ponied up)

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To pay (usually a bill, debt or due).
    • 2009 January 25, Frank Rich, “No Time for Poetry”, in New York Times[1]:
      Only then did we learn that he doled out billions in secret, last-minute bonuses to his staff last month, just before Bank of America took over and just before the government ponied up a second bailout to cover Merrill’s unexpected $15 billion fourth-quarter loss.
    • September, 1824, The Atlantic magazine, p. 343:
      Every man, save Silvy, vociferously swore that he had ponied up his "quarter:" whereupon the landlady observed that Silvy the less had not paid his reckoning.

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