pay down

{v. phr.} 1. To give as a deposit on some purchase, the rest of which is to be paid in periodic installments. * /"How much can you pay down on the house, sir?" the realtor asked./ 2. To decrease a debt with periodical payments. * /I'd like to pay down the charges on my credit cards./ Compare: DOWN PAYMENT.

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  • pay down — transitive verb Date: 1975 to reduce (a debt) by repaying in part …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Down — Down, adv. [For older adown, AS. ad[=u]n, ad[=u]ne, prop., from or off the hill. See 3d {Down}, and cf. {Adown}, and cf. {Adown}.] 1. In the direction of gravity or toward the center of the earth; toward or in a lower place or position; below;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Down helm — Down Down, adv. [For older adown, AS. ad[=u]n, ad[=u]ne, prop., from or off the hill. See 3d {Down}, and cf. {Adown}, and cf. {Adown}.] 1. In the direction of gravity or toward the center of the earth; toward or in a lower place or position;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Down on — Down Down, adv. [For older adown, AS. ad[=u]n, ad[=u]ne, prop., from or off the hill. See 3d {Down}, and cf. {Adown}, and cf. {Adown}.] 1. In the direction of gravity or toward the center of the earth; toward or in a lower place or position;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Down upon — Down Down, adv. [For older adown, AS. ad[=u]n, ad[=u]ne, prop., from or off the hill. See 3d {Down}, and cf. {Adown}, and cf. {Adown}.] 1. In the direction of gravity or toward the center of the earth; toward or in a lower place or position;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Down with — Down Down, adv. [For older adown, AS. ad[=u]n, ad[=u]ne, prop., from or off the hill. See 3d {Down}, and cf. {Adown}, and cf. {Adown}.] 1. In the direction of gravity or toward the center of the earth; toward or in a lower place or position;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pay — pay1 /pay/, v., paid or (Obs. except for defs. 12, 24c) payed; paying; n., adj. v.t. 1. to settle (a debt, obligation, etc.), as by transferring money or goods, or by doing something: Please pay your bill. 2. to give over (a certain amount of… …   Universalium

  • Down with the dust — Dust Dust (d[u^]st), n. [AS. dust; cf. LG. dust, D. duist meal dust, OD. doest, donst, and G. dunst vapor, OHG. tunist, dunist, a blowing, wind, Icel. dust dust, Dan. dyst mill dust; perh. akin to L. fumus smoke, E. fume. [root]71.] 1. Fine, dry… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Down payment — (or downpayment) is a payment used in the context of the purchase of expensive items such as a car and a house, whereby the payment is the initial upfront portion of the total amount due and it is usually given in cash at the time of finalizing… …   Wikipedia

  • Pay jail — is a jail cell upgrade for non violent offenders in jail costing from 75$ to 171$ a night. [http://techyum.com/2007/03/paytostay jail how people with.html] Amenities Inmates are allowed to bring an iPod, cellphone, or laptop in their cell or… …   Wikipedia

  • Pay 'n Pak — is a defunct home improvement chain that was based out of Kent, Washington. Pay n Pak began in 1962 and was founded by Stan Thurman, an electric and plumbing supply retailer from Longview, Washington. In 1969 Pay n Pak merged with Eagle Electric… …   Wikipedia


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