There are 2 main definitions of cash in English:


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Pronunciation: /kaʃ


[mass noun]
1Money in coins or notes, as distinct from cheques, money orders, or credit: the staff were paid in cash a discount for cash
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  • Entities having cash credit accounts or bill accounts can now make repayments of their credit facilities in cash instead of a cheque or draft.
  • You can take Traveller cheques, cash, and a credit card.
  • In the finance office, the main coffer lock was detonated, damaging all papers, including vouchers, promissory notes, cash and cheque box.
coins, coinage, coin, coin of the realm, change, silver, copper;
North American bills
informal dough, bread, loot, the ready, readies, shekels, moolah, wad, boodle, dibs, gelt, ducats, rhino, gravy
British informal dosh, brass, lolly, spondulicks, wonga, ackers
North American informal greenbacks, dinero, simoleons, bucks, jack, mazuma
Australian/New Zealand informal Oscar
informal , dated splosh, green, tin
British dated l.s.d.
North American informal , dated kale, rocks, shinplasters
formal specie
1.1Money in any form: she was always short of cash
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  • Health bosses said the shortage has been heightened by practices going private, claiming demand and lack of cash was affecting their ability to treat patients.
  • A county council spokesman said the fund was not short of cash for paying pensioners.
  • The Group remains in a negative cashflow position as it used its available cash to finance capital expenditure and retire debt.
finance, resources, funds, money, means, assets, wherewithal, capital, investment capital


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1Give or obtain notes or coins for (a cheque or money order): the bank cashed her cheque
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  • After a phone call, they informed me that if I went into Kitchener, the post office there would have the money to cash the money order.
  • If we are going to be cashing cheques for the bank, we could not face the cut in payment.
  • But as soon as he had finished laughing all the way to the bank and cashed the cheque, he was arrested on 24 counts of arson.
exchange, change, convert into cash/money, turn into cash/money, encash, realize, liquidate;
honour, pay, accept, take
2 Bridge Lead (a high card) so as to take the opportunity to win a trick: South cashed the ace, king, and queen of clubs
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  • Usually, therefore, defense starts with one defender cashing a long suit, hoping that his partner will become void in the suit and be able to discard in another suit, or simply to pave the way for an attack in that same suit.
  • Ann now cashes five clubs on which Bill discards down to the two aces and the 9


late 16th century (denoting a box for money): from Old French casse or Italian cassa 'box', from Latin capsa (see case2).


cash and carry

A system of wholesale trading whereby goods are paid for in full at the time of purchase and taken away by the purchaser.
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  • There is enclosed yard space on either side and the selling agent expects interest from cash and carry, manufacturing and distribution users.
  • A long time resident of Killiney, Co Dublin, he enjoyed a successful career in the cash and carry business through his firm Lee & Co.
  • But as long as the conflict continues in this troubled region, experts says the more likely the Congo will continue to be a cash and carry economy.
A wholesale store operating the cash-and-carry system.
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  • A recent survey has shown that nearly forty per cent of small traders buy part of their stock from supermarkets rather than the more traditional cash-and-carry outlets.
  • In the 1960s he closed the warehouse and opened a supermarket in Motherwell with his brother before turning it into a cash-and-carry store.
  • Have your friends or neighbours ever offered you their cash-and-carry card because they reckon that buying through a wholesaler is better than at a ordinary retail store?

cash down

British With immediate and full payment at the time of purchase: the price was £900 cash down
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  • But City said it would have to be cash down or nothing.
  • ‘No one is walking in and putting cash down on new cars,’ said Pat Shanahan, owner of Isuzu dealership Airport Auto.

cash in one's chips

informal Die: the two men never realized how close they had come to cashing in their chips
[with reference to gambling in a casino]
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  • Roddy was in our monthly poker group that included a rowdy, hard-living group, nearly all of whom have cashed in their chips and are still great memories.
  • ‘On the 11 th,’ he says, ‘I came close to cashing in my chips.’
  • The legendary Veronica Dunne sings the role of the Countess, who also cashes in her chips, but not until she has hit a few high notes.

cash in hand

British Payment for goods and services in cash rather than by cheque or other means, typically as a way of avoiding the payment of tax on the amount earned: [as modifier]: a cash-in-hand job
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  • His claims led to a fraud probe by the Employment Service which found that trainees were being paid cash in hand for jobs on the side with the knowledge and co-operation of some supervisors.
  • Also the people that leave under these schemes go and find another job or work cash in hand to make more money.
  • So, without identity documents, she had to shield her children from the authorities and eke out a living with odd cash in hand jobs.

cash on delivery

The system of paying for goods when they are delivered.
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  • Buyers may have several payment options, including credit card, debit card, personal check, cashier's check, money order, cash on delivery and escrow services.
  • For example, he says in the booklet that you'll learn how to get your suppliers to give you ninety days credit, even if they have a policy of cash on delivery.
  • Following the agreement in December 1997 to buy all your stock of uPVC extrusion product, the agreed terms of payment were to be cash on delivery.

Phrasal verbs

cash in

informal Take advantage of or exploit (a situation): the breweries were cashing in on the rediscovered taste for real ales
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  • Or do you, like me, feel exploited by big institutions cashing in on the phenomenon?
  • The oil companies stress they cannot cash in this profit because they have to replenish stocks.
  • Even the city's Resistance Museum is cashing in on the orgy of national pride with its exhibit on Rembrandt in second world war propaganda.
make money from, profit from, do well out of;
milk, bleed, suck dry, squeeze, wring
informal make a killing out of

cash something in (or North American cash out)

Convert an insurance policy, savings account, or other investment into money: hundreds of savers cashed in their investments
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  • The decision with-profits investors have to make is whether to keep their investments or to cash them in.
  • Young investors have more opportunities for riskier financial plans as they are not dependent on it for an income and can wait to cash it in when their investments are at a high.
  • A puzzler for the impaired - what sort of ‘asset’ requires that you borrow more money to cash it in?

cash up (or North American cash out)

Count and check takings at the end of a day’s trading: two staff were cashing up at one of the tills
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  • Nearly £18,000 was taken in the raid when two members of staff who were cashing up a Saturday night's takings were attacked.
  • It's getting close to 6.00 pm when I start cashing up and the other member of staff comes upstairs to work the main till.
  • Mr Harteveld said: ‘I was cashing up when I heard a noise.’



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  • The efficiency challenge, which was set by the Government, means it is obligatory for the council to make a 2.5 per cent saving every year for three years, of which at least half must be cashable finance.
  • Go ahead with the tournament and take a chance on the checks being cashable when the banks open.
  • He proposed that Grant send with each order a cheque for 30% of the order and a letter of credit for 50% of the order, cashable at what he referred to as the billing date.

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There are 2 main definitions of cash in English:


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Pronunciation: /kaʃ

noun (plural same)

A coin of low value from China, southern India, or SE Asia.


late 16th century: from Portuguese caixa, from Tamil kāsu, influenced by cash1.

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