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po·ny

 (pō′nē)
n. pl. po·nies
1. A horse of any of several stocky breeds that are small in size when full grown, such as the Shetland pony.
2.
a. Informal A racehorse.
b. Sports A polo horse.
3. Something small for its kind, especially a small glass for beer or liqueur.
4. A word-for-word translation of a foreign language text, especially one used as an aid in studying or test-taking. Also called crib, trot.
5. Chiefly British The sum of 25 pounds.
tr.v. po·nied, po·ny·ing, po·nies
To lead (a horse) with another horse.
Phrasal Verb:
pony up Slang
To pay (money owed or due).

[Probably from obsolete French poulenet, diminutive of poulain, colt, from Late Latin pullāmen, young of an animal, from Latin pullus; see pau- in Indo-European roots.]

pony up

vb
(adverb) informal US to give the money required
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.pony up - give reluctantly; "He coughed up some money for his children's tuition"
give - transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"
References in classic literature ?
But it was impossible for him to get away immediately, for John was walking the pony up and down the yard, and was some distance from the causeway when his master beckoned.
Each day, Fenton spends hours down in the field with Toffee where he practises running the pony up and down, making sure the lead is not too long and not too tight.
That changed in 1994 when Congress handed the bookstores over to the Army and Air Forces Exchange Services, which run the base PXs, and instructed the Pentagon to pony up one-third of the paper's roughly $36 million budget--keeping Stripes in business, but giving the brass new leverage even as the paper was becoming wholly civilian run.