pony

[poh-nee]

noun, plural po·nies.

verb (used with object), po·nied, po·ny·ing.

Slang. to prepare (lessons) by means of a pony.
Racing Slang.
  1. to be the outrider for (a racehorse).
  2. to exercise (a racehorse) by having a rider mounted on another horse lead it at a gallop around a track.

verb (used without object), po·nied, po·ny·ing.

to prepare a lesson or lessons with the aid of a pony.

Idioms

    pony up, Informal. to pay (money), as in settling an account: Next week you'll have to pony up the balance of the loan.

Origin of pony

1650–60; earlier powney < obsolete French poulenet, diminutive of poulain colt < Medieval Latin pullānus (Latin pull(us) foal + -ānus -an); see -et
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British Dictionary definitions for pony up

pony up

verb

(adverb) US informal to give the money required

pony

noun plural ponies

any of various breeds of small horse, usually under 14.2 hands
  1. a small drinking glass, esp for liqueurs
  2. the amount held by such a glass
anything small of its kind
British slang a sum of £25, esp in bookmaking
Also called: trot US slang a literal translation used by students, often illicitly, in preparation for foreign language lessons or examinations; crib
See also pony up

Word Origin for pony

C17: from Scottish powney, perhaps from obsolete French poulenet a little colt, from poulain colt, from Latin pullus young animal, foal
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Word Origin and History for pony up

pony

n.

1650s, powny, from Scottish, apparently from obsolete French poulenet "little foal" (mid-15c.), diminutive of Old French poulain "foal," from Late Latin pullanus "young of an animal," from Latin pullus "young of a horse, fowl, etc." (see foal (n.)) [Skeat's suggestion, still accepted].

German, sensibly, indicates this animal by attaching a diminutive suffix to its word for "horse," which might yield Modern English *horslet. Modern French poney is a 19c. borrowing from English. Meaning "crib of a text as a cheating aid" (1827) and "small liquor glass" (1849) both are from notion of "smallness" (the former also "something one rides"). As the name of a popular dance, it dates from 1963. The U.S. Pony Express began 1860 (and operated about 18 months before being superseded by the transcontinental telegraph). The figurative one-trick pony is 1897, American English, in reference to circus acts.

pony

v.

1824, in pony up "to pay," of uncertain origin. OED says from pony (n.), but not exactly how. In other sources said to be from slang use of Latin legem pone to mean "money" (first recorded 16c.), because this was the title of the Psalm for March 25, a Quarter Day and the first payday of the year (the Psalm's first line is Legem pone michi domine viam iustificacionum "Teach me, O Lord, the ways of thy statutes").

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Idioms and Phrases with pony up

pony up

Pay money that is owed or due, as in Come on, it's time you ponied up this month's rent. The allusion in this expression is unclear. [c. 1820]

pony

In addition to the idioms beginning with pony

  • pony up

also see:

  • dog-and-pony show
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