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down payment

noun
1.
an initial amount paid at the time of purchase, in installment buying, time sales, etc.
2.
any initial or partial payment, gift, favor, or recompense, as to reduce one's indebtedness or express one's obligation or gratitude:
This gift is just a down payment for all the favors I owe you.
Also, down-payment.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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British Dictionary definitions for down-payment

down payment

noun
1.
the deposit paid on an item purchased on hire-purchase, mortgage, etc
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down-payment in Culture

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A payment in part made at the time of purchase of a good, with the promise to make full payment later.

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