Meaning: If somebody pays up, they pay money they owe to someone even though they don't really want to.Synonym: cough up (informal)
- pay up Brett lost a thousand dollars playing pool in a bar, and if he hadn't paid up he would have been in big trouble.
- pay up The mafia demands protection money from small businesses, and if someone doesn't pay up they'll be attacked and maybe even killed.
After the fire, it took the insurance company a long time to pay up the money
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Contributor: Matt Errey