They would apply for and receive low-spending-limit cards, make a few small purchases and pay down the balance.
It would also be politically impossible for Republicans to oppose at a time when we need to pay down our deficit and our debt.
Over time, the two Maiden Lane entities used the cash raised from interest payments and asset sales to pay down the debt.
He should detail a balanced bipartisan plan to pay down the deficit and debt—this matters to independents and swing voters.
Households must pay down their debt, but they must also increase their consumption.
"We've been slow to get our pay down where we was," said Ezra.
Far different must be the condition of things in "pay down."
He wanted to give her at once a fathom of calico and beads, and wished me to cut his pay down for the purpose.
pay down a hundred thousand francs, and you will have peace.
I am to pay down five hundred pounds, and the remainder as soon as the bills can be looked up, and the amount of them adjusted.
c.1200, "to appease, pacify, satisfy," from Old French paier "to pay, pay up" (12c., Modern French payer), from Latin pacare "to please, pacify, satisfy" (in Medieval Latin especially "satisfy a creditor"), literally "make peaceful," from pax (genitive pacis) "peace" (see peace). Meaning "to give what is due for goods or services" arose in Medieval Latin and was attested in English by early 13c.; sense of "please, pacify" died out in English by 1500. Sense of "suffer, endure" (a punishment, etc.) is first recorded late 14c. Related: Paid; paying.
c.1300, "satisfaction, liking, reward," from pay (v.), or else from Old French paie "payment, recompense," from paier. Meaning "money given for labor or services, wages" is from late 14c.