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And if you gentlemen all agreed to pay in advance I could make Hamilton pay up, too.

Off comes a hundred, maybe two hundred to pay up for the hell I raised!

How was he to pay up the liabilities of his bank shares from his dwindling practice?

It had been a beautiful autumn, people said to pay up for the late spring.

I won't be able to pay up on it at first, but I want her to have it before she is too old to enjoy it.

They telegraphed him, and he wired to give me till midnight to pay up or go to jail.

Pay up this year's premium—it will be the last to these plunderers.

I shall have to pay up,' and when he heard that, he opened the door and came in.

It took all she had to pay up Mike, so she could let him go.

For my own part, I can pay up, and have enough over to wander at will.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "to appease, pacify, satisfy," from Old French paier "to pay, pay up" (12c., Modern French payer), from Latin pacare "to please, pacify, satisfy" (in Medieval Latin especially "satisfy a creditor"), literally "make peaceful," from pax (genitive pacis) "peace" (see peace). Meaning "to give what is due for goods or services" arose in Medieval Latin and was attested in English by early 13c.; sense of "please, pacify" died out in English by 1500. Sense of "suffer, endure" (a punishment, etc.) is first recorded late 14c. Related: Paid; paying.

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