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Certified for inclusion; having paid the necessary amount in full. I never knew until he was on his deathbed that my father was a paid-up Freemason. You'll have to be a paid-up member of the union before we can give you any regular shifts on the docks.
paid-up member (of something)
A certified member of a particular group or organization; someone who has paid the dues necessary to be part of a group. I never knew until he was on his deathbed that my father was a paid-up member of the Freemasons. I'm afraid only paid-up members of the union can be given any regular shifts on the docks.
See also: member
pay (someone) on the nail
To pay (someone) immediately, on the spot, or without delay. Primarily heard in UK. I could put the bill on my credit card, but if it's all right with you, I'd rather we divvy it up here and pay on the nail. My lodger is a bit of a noisy fellow, but so long as he keeps paying me his rent on the nail, I don't mind.
pay (one's) respects
1. To offer (someone) a proper or formal expression of greeting, welcome, esteem, or well wishes. I think we should go over and pay our respects to the new neighbors and make them feel welcome to the area!
2. To offer or express one's condolences or sympathy, particularly to someone's family following their death. I'm heading to Janet's house after her father's funeral on Sunday to pay my respects to her and her family.
pay (one's) last respects
To show or express one's respect for someone who has died, especially by attending their funeral, wake, memorial service, etc. Anyone who wishes to pay their last respects to my husband is welcome to do so at the viewing this Saturday, from 10 AM to 4 PM.
pay (someone) peanuts
To pay (someone) a very paltry or miniscule amount; to pay the absolute minimum amount necessary. I had a few jobs during college getting paid peanuts, but it was the only work I could find that fit in with my studies. You're never going to be able to hire an effective manager if you're only willing to pay peanuts.
pay the consequences
To face, accept, or suffer repercussions for one's actions or words, especially that which would be expected to incur punishment. (A less common version of "suffer the consequences.") After three nights of heavy drinking, I'm really going to be paying the consequences come Monday morning! With the judge handing down the maximum possible sentence, this monster will be paying the consequences for his crimes for the rest of his life.
pay the fiddler
To face, accept, or suffer repercussions for one's actions or words, especially that would be expected to incur punishment. (A less common version of "pay the piper.") After three nights of heavy drinking, I'm really going to be paying the fiddler come Monday morning! With the judge handing down the maximum possible sentence, this monster will be paying the fiddler for the rest of his life.
pay the freight
To bear the cost(s) (of something); to pay or compensate payment (for something). Every year, it's the government (and ultimately, the taxpayer) who has to pay the freight for over a million incarcerated prisoners. Don't worry, even if a few containers get "lost" during transit, it's the shipping company's insurance that pays the freight.
See also: pay
pay (one) back in kind
To avenge past misdeeds with similar actions. Greg got me in trouble with the boss, and I will pay him back in kind. You need to pay her back in kind for all the bad things she's done to you!
pay the bills
Literally, to pay for one's expenses (such as rent, utilities, etc.). I'm so broke this month that I can hardly pay the bills. Being an actor won't necessarily pay the bills, honey, so I think you should study something else in college.
pay too dearly for (one's) whistle
To spend a lot of money or effort on something that is ultimately disappointing or unfulfilling. The phrase refers to a story by Benjamin Franklin about a boy who wanted a whistle so much that he overpaid for it and soon lost interest in it. I worked night and day to get this position, but now I have very few friends—I guess I paid too dearly for my whistle.
pay with the roll of the drum
To avoid paying a debt. If you keep paying with the roll of the drum, you will soon owe me hundreds of dollars!
be a (fully) paid-up member of something
To be a certified member of a particular group or organization; to have paid the necessary dues or fees to be part of a group. I never knew until he was on his deathbed that my father was a paid-up member of the Freemasons. You'll have to be a fully paid-up member of the union before we can give you any regular shifts on the docks.
pay the piper
To face, accept, or suffer repercussions for one's actions or words, especially that would be expected to incur punishment. (A less common version of "pay the fiddler.") After three nights of heavy drinking, I'm really going to be paying the piper come Monday morning! With the judge handing down the maximum possible sentence, this monster will be paying the piper for the rest of his life.
1. To give a monetary deposit in exchange for something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pay" and "down." How much would I have to pay down for a fancy TV like this?
2. To pay small amounts of money over time to decrease a debt. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pay" and "down." I'm trying to pay down my credit card debt, but it's hard because my freelance jobs are so unpredictable.
pay the price
To accept the consequences of one's actions or misdeeds. If you get caught cheating on your exam, you'll have to pay the price—which could include expulsion. I sure paid the price for staying up late when I fell asleep at my desk in the library.
To yield profits or benefits following an investment (of time, money, energy, etc.). Wow, those private lessons have really paid off—your Spanish sounds totally fluent! If this venture doesn't pay off, we'll be forced to declare bankruptcy.
put paid to (something)
To consider something finished or ended; to put something to rest or no longer give it any attention. After a lengthy debate, we finally put paid to who would take over the estate. Email has almost completely put paid to the act of sending handwritten letters anymore.
to yield profits; to result in benefits. My investment in those stocks has really paid off. The time I spent in school paid off in later years.
pay someone off.
1. Lit. to pay what is owed to a person. I can't pay you off until Wednesday when I get my paycheck. I have to use this money to pay off Sarah.
2. Fig. to bribe someone. Max asked Lefty if he had paid the cops off yet. Lefty paid off the cops on time.
pay something down.
1. Lit. to make a deposit of money on a purchase. You will have to pay a lot of money down on a car that expensive. I only paid down a few thousand dollars.
2. Fig. to reduce a bill by paying part of it, usually periodically. I think I can pay the balance down by half in a few months. I will pay down the balance a little next month.
pay something off
to pay all of a debt; to pay the final payment for something bought on credit. This month I'll pay the car off. Did you pay off the gas bill yet?
pay the piper
Fig. to face the results of one's actions; to receive punishment for something. You can put off paying your debts only so long. Eventually you'll have to pay the piper. You can't get away with that forever. You'll have to pay the piper someday.
pay the price
1. Lit. to pay the price that is asked for goods or services.(Usually implying that the price is high.) If this is the quality of goods that you require, you will have to pay the price.
2. Fig. to suffer the consequences for doing something or risking something. Oh, my head! I am paying the price for drinking too much last night.
put paid to something
to consider something closed or completed; to mark or indicate that something is no longer important or pending. (As if one were stamping a bill "paid".) At last, we were able to put paid to the matter of who is to manage the accounts.
not if you paid me
Under no circumstances, as in I wouldn't jump off the high diving board, not if you paid me. [Late 1800s]
see under pay.
1. Pay the full amount on a debt or on wages, as in The car's finally paid off, or Les pays off the workers every Friday evening. [Early 1700s]
2. Produce a profit, as in That gamble did not pay off. [Mid-1900s]
3. Also, pay off an old score. Get revenge on someone for some grievance, require, as in Jerry was satisfied; he'd paid off his ex-partner when he bought him out at half-price, or Amy went out with her roommate's boyfriend, but she was paying off and old score.
4. Bribe, as in The owner of the bar paid off the local police so he wouldn't get in trouble for serving liquor to minors . [Colloquial; c. 1900]
pay the piper
see under call the tune.
put paid to
Finish off, end, as in We'd best put paid to this issue. [Early 1900s]
put paid to somethingmainly BRITISH
COMMON If an event puts paid to someone's hopes, chances, or plans, it completely ends or destroys them. Great Britain's poor performance here last night has put paid to their chances of reaching the Olympic finals. The past week has probably put paid to hopes that share prices in New York and London would rise strongly for the rest of the year.
put paid tostop abruptly; destroy. informal
pay the piperpay the cost of an enterprise. informal
This expression comes from the proverb he who pays the piper calls the tune , and is used with the implication that the person who has paid expects to be in control of whatever happens.
put ˈpaid to something(informal) make it impossible for something to happen or continue: Her poor exam results have put paid to any chance she had of getting into medical school.
a (fully) ˌpaid-up ˈmember, etc.
1 a person who has paid the money necessary to become a member of a group, etc: The society has got over 10 000 paid-up members.
2 (informal) a strong and enthusiastic supporter of a group, etc: He is a fully paid-up supporter of the Green Party.
1. To pay the full amount of some debt: She paid off the mortgage ahead of schedule. He paid his college debt off six years after he graduated.
2. To result in profit; be lucrative: Your efforts will eventually pay off.
3. To result in some degree of profit or loss: My unwise bet paid off very badly.
4. To pay the wages that are due to an employee upon discharge: We were fired, so they paid us off and we left the building. The company didn't fire the workers because it couldn't afford to pay them off.
5. To bribe someone in order to ensure cooperation: The owner of the factory paid off the inspectors so that they wouldn't report the safety violations. I won't allow anyone to cheat here, and no one can pay me off.
mod. alcohol intoxicated. I think I’ll go out and get paid tonight.
pay the piper
To bear the consequences of something.
put paid toChiefly British
To finish off; put to rest: "We've given up saying we only kill to eat; Kraft dinner and freeze-dried food have put paid to that one" (Margaret Atwood).
pay the piper
Be forced to acknowledge and accept an unpleasant consequence of your action. The full expression is “Who pays the piper calls the tune,” which is to say that money calls the shots (“Money makes the mare go” is the same idea). But although a request can be melodious, the phrase came to have an unpleasant connotation, as if the music that the piper produced was not what was anticipated. For example, you tell your supervisor and your colleagues that you can undertake and finish an important assignment in two days, but you can't. As your supervisor takes you to task, you silently admit that you bit off more than you could chew—you're paying the piper.