- 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
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Examples from the Web for pay-as-you-go
London Mayor Boris Johnson is very proud of his pay-as-you-go rental bicycles installed all over London.On Your Bike, Boris
March 2, 2012
Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system: Money in, money out.Harry Reid's Social Security Lie
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.How to Get Revenge Online
December 3, 2010
But this pay-as-you-go business is too slow and troublesome.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
During this same period, the "Pay-as-You-Go" system for roadbuilding was adopted.
The "Pay-as-You-Go" system has reflected favorably on the state's financial reputation.