the principle or practice of paying for goods and services at the time of purchase, rather than relying on credit.
of, relating to, or based on such a principle or practice: a pay-as-you-go budget.
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How to use pay-as-you-go in a sentence
Try using a rogue pay-as-you-go phone, i.e., not your work phone or the one that you usually use to call a spouse.Rules David Petraeus Broke: Seven Tips for a Top-Secret Affair | Lizzie Crocker | November 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
London Mayor Boris Johnson is very proud of his pay-as-you-go rental bicycles installed all over London.
Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system: Money in, money out.
For $3 to $4 people are able to write what they like and it'll be sent from a pay-as-you-go SIM, somewhere in the world.
The "pay-as-you-go" system has reflected favorably on the state's financial reputation.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
Other Idioms and Phrases with pay-as-you-go
Pay for purchases immediately instead of deferring payment. For example, Ruth and Bob had no credit cards; they believed in paying as you go. [First half of 1800s]
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