Значение идиомы pay down

[pay down] {v. phr.} 1. To give as a deposit on some purchase, therest of which is to be paid in periodic installments.

“How much canyou pay down on the house, sir?” the realtor asked.

2. To decrease adebt with periodical payments.

I’d like to pay down the charges onmy credit cards.

Compare: DOWN PAYMENT.