- to pay (part of the total price) at the time of purchase, with the promise to pay the balance in installments: On this plan you pay only ten percent down.
- to pay off or back; amortize: The company's debt is being paid down rapidly.
Idioms about pay
- to pay for (goods, services, etc.) at the time of purchase, as opposed to buying on credit.
- to spend no more than income permits; keep out of debt.
- to pay income tax by regular deductions from one's salary or wages.
- to pay one's portion of shared expenses.
- to yield a return on one's investment sufficient to repay one's expenses: It will take time for the restaurant to begin paying its way.
Origin of pay1
synonym study for pay
Other definitions for pay (2 of 2)
Origin of pay2
How to use pay in a sentence
We payed for DirecTV for years and DH always had to buy the NFL Sunday ticket.
Pike payed out the hawser, the coxswain eased off the spring; away went the boat, and next moment Pike had Stanley by the hair.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands|R.M. Ballantyne
He payed off all he owed, and so Cree's life was not, I think, a failure.Auld Licht Idylls|J. M. Barrie
The Doctor has waited for you these three hours, and will be payed by you or that gentleman before you go!
Those on board payed out the line until the spar floated abreast of the smack, but at a distance of some thirty yards away.A Chapter of Adventures|G. A. Henty
One man shipped the oars and pulled to the eastward, while the other hove the trawl-buoy over and payed out the anchor line.The Viking Blood|Frederick William Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for pay (1 of 2)
- to contribute one's share of expenses
- to remain solvent without outside help
- money given in return for work or services; a salary or wage
- (as modifier)a pay slip; pay claim
Word Origin for pay
British Dictionary definitions for pay (2 of 2)
Word Origin for pay
Other Idioms and Phrases with pay
In addition to the idioms beginning with pay
- pay a call
- pay a compliment
- pay as you go
- pay attention
- pay a visit
- pay back
- pay court to
- pay dirt, hit
- pay for
- pay off
- pay one's dues
- pay one's respects
- pay one's way
- pay out
- pay the piper
- pay through the nose
- pay up
- pay your money and take your choice
- (pay the piper) call the tune
- crime does not pay
- devil to pay
- hell to pay
- lip service, pay
- rob Peter to pay Paul
- you get what you pay for