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clearinghouse

[kleer-ing-hous] /ˈklɪər ɪŋˌhaʊs/
noun, plural clearinghouses
[kleer-ing-hou-ziz] /ˈklɪər ɪŋˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a place or institution where mutual claims and accounts are settled, as between banks.
2.
a central institution or agency for the collection, maintenance, and distribution of materials, information, etc.
Also, clearing house.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35
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Word Origin and History for clearing-house
n.

also clearinghouse, 1832, from clearing + house (n.). The original was established 1775 in London by the bankers for the adjustment of their mutual claims for checks and bills; later the word was extended to similar institutions.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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