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What's the verb/phrasal verb to describe the act of giving/putting in a share of money towards a total amount to buy something as a group where each of the other members in the group put in their share as well, like buying a lottery ticket as a group or some other purchase. I.e. "we all _ for the lottery" or "everyone _ $2 for the lottery ticket"

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Are these what you’re looking for? – tchrist Apr 19 '13 at 15:46
@tchrist yes, I think chip in is the most accurate. – Theo Apr 19 '13 at 15:59
Ah yes, agreed here – Larry B Apr 19 '13 at 16:01
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Pitch in (“(idiomatic) To help out; lend assistance; contribute; to do one's part [eg] If we all pitch in, we can raise enough money for the renovation of the church”) sometimes is so used.

Also consider ante up in its “To contribute one's share of a payment, or to pay what is due” sense, rather than “To pay a fee necessary to play a game, typically a card game”.

Some phrases that work in the first example sentence include buy in, chip in, pay your share, and do your bit. Three of these don't work in the second example, however.

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Me, I’m waiting for somebody to chip in with an explanation of their mysterious downvote here. – tchrist Apr 19 '13 at 15:45
Pitch in in my opinion does not apply to a monetary amount, but rather a unit of work so wouldn't apply to the above question. Pitching in $2 sounds rather odd to me. You could throw in or chuck in $2 on the other hand, colloquially speaking of course. – Larry B Apr 19 '13 at 15:49
@jwpat7 I'm pretty sure you can't pitch in money. Can you give an example of how money is pitched in? In your example above time is pitched in in return for money. – Larry B Apr 19 '13 at 15:55
@RodgersandHammertime Sure, you can pitch in money, like for a pizza pool. – tchrist Apr 19 '13 at 16:10
@RodgersandHammertime: Example: "Bob can't have any pizza because he didn't pitch in when I went to buy it!" I would normally expect to hear chip in in this context, but I've heard pitch in on occasion and the meaning would be clear. – FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Apr 19 '13 at 16:16

While the suggestions already mentioned are most common (pitched in, anted up, kicked in) you can also say "we pooled our money to buy a gift".

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In the case of a lottery ticket, the term would be a syndicate, but that is limited to the lottery I think.

You can collectively throw money into a kitty which is a somewhat colloquial way to describe the process you've outlined. Also the abridged all throw in can be used.

Kitty: A pool of money, especially one to which a number of people have contributed for a designated purpose.
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