[ pey-uhz-yoo-goh ]

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

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

Origin of pay-as-you-go

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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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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