cash register

noun
a business machine that indicates to customers the amounts of individual sales, has a money drawer from which to make change, records and totals receipts, and may automatically calculate the change due.
Also called sales register.


Origin:
1875–80, Americanism

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cash register
 
n
a till with a keyboard that operates a mechanism for displaying and adding the amounts of cash received in individual sales

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cash register

business machine that usually has a money drawer and is designed to record sales transactions. The typical cash register of the mid-20th century, through a system of keys, levers, and gears often electrically driven, indicated the amount of a transaction at the top of the register where it could be seen by both customer and salesperson; it also kept separate totals of sales by various classifications, printed and issued a receipt on cash sales or overprinted a record of the transaction on a docket for charge sales, and kept an audit strip within the register. Some types of machines automatically made change. Frequently, special counters in the register showed the number of customers and the number of transactions of different kinds

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But while schizophrenia may have opened the door, off-label sales opened the
  cash register.
Appoint a sales or pricing manager who can see that each cash register is
  accurately programmed to charge the current sale price.
The cardholder informs the cash register clerk that the purchase is exempt from
  state sales tax.
Operates a cash register, totals sales, and collects payment from customers.
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