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slang Rich; well paid. He used to be an amazing hip-hop artist. But now he's too paid to know what it's like for folk out on the streets.
1. Literally, to pay money for something that incurs a cost. You're going to have to pay for the vase that your son broke. We weren't having to pay for the water we used where we used to live, so we were shocked when our first water bill came in the mail after moving to this country.
2. To cover the expense of someone else. I'd rather that you don't pay for me—I think people on first dates should share the cost of the evening. We don't have the money to pay for every client who comes to us with a sob story.
3. To suffer as a punishment or atonement for some ill deed or wrongdoing. Mark my words—you'll pay for double-crossing us! The children are all paying for the crimes of their father.
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see under pay.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
mod. alcohol intoxicated. I think I’ll go out and get paid tonight.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
pay as you go
Paying for goods and services at the time of purchase. This notion is becoming increasingly rare in the age of the credit card, with commercial exhortations to Buy now and pay later (which may become a cliché). The term arose in the first half of the nineteenth century and made it into H. G. Bohn’s Handbook of Proverbs (1855): “Pay as you go and keep from small score.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
- (something) pays for itself
- a paid-up member, etc.
- be a (fully) paid-up member of something
- get paid under the table
- not if you paid me
- paid one's dues
- paid-up member (of something)
- pay (for something) cash on delivery
- pay (for something) COD
- pay (for something) collect on delivery
- pay (for something) in advance
- pay (for something) out of pocket
- pay (for something) through (something)
- pay (one) a backhanded compliment
- pay (one) a compliment
- pay (one) a left-handed compliment
- pay (one) back in kind
- pay (one) back with interest
- pay (one) off
- pay (one) respect
- pay (one's) debt
- pay (one's) debt to society
- pay (one's) dues
- pay (one's) dues to society
- pay (one's) last respects
- pay (one's) own way
- pay (one's) respects
- pay (one's) way
- pay (someone or something) a call
- pay (someone or something) a compliment
- pay (someone) on the nail
- pay (someone) under the table
- pay a call to (someone or something)
- pay a compliment to (someone or something)
- pay an arm and a leg (for something)
- pay as you go
- pay attention (to someone or something)
- pay back
- pay by
- pay court to (someone)
- pay dividends
- pay down
- pay for
- pay heed to (something)
- pay homage (to someone or something)
- pay in
- pay into (something)
- pay lip service
- pay lip service to (something)
- pay off
- pay on (something)
- pay peanuts
- pay scot and lot (for something)
- pay the bills
- pay the consequences
- pay the fiddler
- pay the freight
- pay the penalty
- pay the penalty for (something)
- pay the piper
- pay the price
- pay the rent
- pay the water bill
- pay through the nose (for something)
- pay to (do something)
- pay too dearly for (one's) whistle
- pay top dollar
- pay tribute to (someone or something)
- pay with the roll of the drum
- put paid to
- put paid to (something)
- put paid to something