[pey-uh z-yoo-goh]


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.

Origin of pay-as-you-go

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of pay-as-you-go

  • London Mayor Boris Johnson is very proud of his pay-as-you-go rental bicycles installed all over London.

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    On Your Bike, Boris

    Tom Sykes

    March 2, 2012

  • Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system: Money in, money out.

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    Harry Reid's Social Security Lie

    Mark McKinnon

    March 28, 2011

  • 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.

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    How to Get Revenge Online

    Lucy Knight

    December 3, 2010

Historical Examples of pay-as-you-go