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“pay up” in British English

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pay up

informal
phrasal verb with pay uk /peɪ/ us /peɪ/ verb paid, paid

(Definition of “pay up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“pay up” in American English

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pay up

phrasal verb with pay us /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.

(Definition of “pay up” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“pay up” in Business English

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pay up

informal
phrasal verb with pay uk /peɪ/ us verb paid, paid

[ I ] to give someone the money that you owe them, especially when you do not want to:

After being taken to court, they finally paid up.

(Definition of “pay up” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)