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earnest money

noun, Law.
money given by a buyer to a seller to bind a contract.
Origin of earnest money
1550-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The earnest-money, said to have been paid on these herds, is correct to a cent, and we admit having the amount in our possession.

    The Outlet Andy Adams
  • Well, if there is to be no earnest-money, at least we will have the vodka.

  • I congratulated myself on having taken the packet and paid the earnest-money, and went to bed.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • He said no word as to his birth, but asked him leave to trade on his lands, offering a ring as earnest-money.

  • Then, having insisted on paying down a guinea for earnest-money, he took the keys and her directions for finding the house.

    News from the Duchy Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • She will be glad to hear the news, and shake hands on the bargain, and christen the earnest-money with vodka.

  • By this time Mr. Grewgious had his agreement-lines, and his earnest-money, ready.

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood Charles Dickens
  • He would never give anyone credit in the payment of his works, and always insisted on having his earnest-money.

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