pay in advance


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pay in advance

to pay (for something) before it is received or delivered. I want to make a special order. Will I have to pay in advance? Yes, please pay in advance.
See also: advance, pay
References in classic literature ?
And he had got in ten dollars' worth of advertisements for the paper, which he said he would put in for four dollars if they would pay in advance -- so they done it.
A hotel would require pay in advance --I must walk the street all night, and perhaps be arrested as a suspicious character.
Indeed, I show the greater confidence of the two, for I will pay in advance whatever you please, and I am going to trust my furniture here.
By delivering product electronically, on demand, they no longer need to pay in advance for inventory.