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pay-as-you-go

[ pey-uhz-yoo-goh ]
/ ˈpeɪ əz yʊˈgoʊ /
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noun

the principle or practice of paying for goods and services at the time of purchase, rather than relying on credit.

adjective

of, relating to, or based on such a principle or practice: a pay-as-you-go budget.

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Origin of pay-as-you-go

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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Idioms and Phrases with pay-as-you-go

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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