to pony up

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - pony up

"to pony up"

to pay money that is owed or due


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - pony up

Two roommates are talking ...

Roommate 1:  The electricity bill is due tomorrow. Time to pony up your half.

Roommate 2:  Sorry.  I don't have the money.

Roommate 1:  Well, you had better find some.  You owe your fair share.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - pony up

Some friends have just finished a meal at a restaurant ...

Friend 1:  OK. Time to pay for the meal. Everybody pony up.

Friend 2:  Here's my share, twelve dollars.

Friend 3:  And here's mine, nine-fifty.


to pony up - Usage:


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to pony up - Examples:

1)  But let's say we get this behind us (1,000 of us pony up $100 each). Now what?

2)  Now you want me to pony up another 20 bucks to get the desktop version?

3)  If it is something you find important, pony up.

4)  ... the kids to take care of Mom for a change. If every sibling can pony up $50 a month, that will add $300 to the $200 or so she ...

5)  ... want to be forced to pay for someone who might be able but unwilling to pony up for his own insurance, rare though such cases may be.

6)  Anyone who wants a Gadsden Flag plate would have to pony up $25.

7)  ... the very folks who would have to pony up the money to upgrade their systems for the new frame rate.

8)  Real men know this, it's boys and immature men who need a woman to pony up on dates.

9)  When one can't be found, cadets must pony up another $1,000 or so for a replacement unit.

10)  ... it played the good cop in Greece, where it persuaded the European Union to pony up more cash and give the bankrupt nation extra time to push through spending cuts ...

11)  We're confident that you'll pony up the increase without any grousing. 

12)  ... these people can pony up the extra cash and buy the special "American Made" edition.

13)  ... public outcry was the key factor that persuaded Edison's conservative local financiers to finally pony up the additional promised funds needed to construct a three wire underground system.

14)  ... in New Mexico our Native American-owned casinos do not have to pony up tax bucks for table games action.

15)  What's more, a federal government insurance agency had to pony up $44 million to bail out the company's underfunded pension plan.

16)  One solution: a lifetime immediate annuity. Basically, you pony up a chunk of money in exchange for a monthly check for life.

17)  Sad, if ants are really an issue pony up and purchase some bug spray or pay for an exterminator. 

18)  The ones who can afford it should play the game and pony up $35,000 for a seat at the high-roller lunches.

19)  Districts can ask their local property owners to pony up for two, three, or four years of funding.

20)  If you can pony up the cash you can come, if not stay in your native country.