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English definition of “pay up”

pay up

phrasal verb with pay    /peɪ/ verb (past tense and past participle paid  /peɪd/)
to give all the money that is owed or asked for: Some ballplayers charge fans $10 for autographs , and the fans , incredibly enough, pay up.
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