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cash1

[kash] /kæʃ/
noun
1.
money in the form of coins or banknotes, especially that issued by a government.
2.
money or an equivalent, as a check, paid at the time of making a purchase.
verb (used with object)
3.
to give or obtain cash for (a check, money order, etc.).
4.
Cards.
  1. to win (a trick) by leading an assured winner.
  2. to lead (an assured winner) in order to win a trick:
    He cashed his ace and led the queen.
Verb phrases
5.
cash in,
  1. to turn in and get cash for (one's chips), as in a gambling casino.
  2. to end or withdraw from a business agreement; convert one's assets into cash.
  3. Slang. to die:
    After her parents cashed in, she lived with her grandmother.
6.
cash in on, to profit from; use to one's advantage:
swindlers who cash in on the credulity of the public.
Idioms
7.
cash in one's chips, Slang. to die.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; apparently back formation from cashier1
Related forms
cashable, adjective
cashability, noun
cashableness, noun
uncashed, adjective

cash2

[kash] /kæʃ/
noun, plural cash.
1.
any of several low-denomination coins of China, India, and the East Indies, especially a Chinese copper coin.
Origin
1590-1600; < Portuguese caixa < Tamil kācu copper coin < Sanskrit karṣa a weight (of precious metal)

Cash

[kash] /kæʃ/
noun
1.
John ("Johnny") 1932–2003, U.S. country-and-western singer, musician, and composer.
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Examples for cash
  • Traveler's checks provide you with the security of replaceable funds that you use in the same fashion as cash.
  • The boats have exchange offices with acceptable rates for your leftover cash.
  • Set out cans and bottles for neighborhood pickup, or exchange them for cash at a recycling center.
  • And, because governments generally flood disaster areas with money, there's no dearth of cash for new investments.
  • Cheating would be to get money in a restaurant, put it in your pocket, and never put it in the cash register.
  • He plans less for profit than for quick return who will buy anything for three cash and sell it for two.
  • It is true that in the latter case he has only to cut off his coupons and cash them.
  • They found the boards in the wood-closets fine kindling wood, while the pipes and faucets were as good as cash at the junk shop.
  • If tramps have nothing else to call their own they have votes, and votes that are for sale cheap for cash.
  • Every suitor of the nineteenth century spends more than his spare cash on personal adornments.
British Dictionary definitions for cash

cash1

/kæʃ/
noun
1.
banknotes and coins, esp in hand or readily available; money or ready money
2.
immediate payment, in full or part, for goods or services (esp in the phrase cash down)
3.
(modifier) of, for, or paid by cash a cash transaction
4.
(Canadian) the cash, a checkout counter
verb
5.
(transitive) to obtain or pay ready money for to cash a cheque
See also cash in, cash up
Derived Forms
cashable, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old Italian cassa money box, from Latin capsacase²

cash2

/kæʃ/
noun (pl) cash
1.
any of various Chinese, Indonesian, or Indian coins of low value
Word Origin
C16: from Portuguese caixa, from Tamil kāsu, from Sanskrit karsa weight of gold or silver

Cash

/kæʃ/
noun
1.
Johnny. 1932–2003, US country-and-western singer, guitarist, and songwriter. His recordings include the hits "I Walk the Line" (1956), "Ring of Fire" (1963), "A Boy named Sue" (1969), and the American Recordings series of albums (1994–2003)
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Word Origin and History for cash
cash
1593, from M.Fr. caisse "money box," from Prov. caissa, It. cassa, from L. capsa "box" (see case (2)); originally the money box, but the secondary sense of the money in it became sole meaning 18c. Verb meaning "to convert to cash" (as a check, etc.) is first attested 1811. Like most financial terms in Eng., ultimately from It. (cf. bankrupt, etc.). Not related to (but influencing the form of) the colonial British cash "Indian monetary system, Chinese coin, etc.," which is from Tamil kasu, Skt. karsha, Sinhalese kasi. Cash crop is attested from 1869; cash flow from 1954.
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Slang definitions & phrases for cash

cash

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cold cash


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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