hire-purchase

hire-purchase system

[hahyuhr-pur-chuhs]
noun British.
a system of payment for a commodity in regular installments while using it.
Also called hire-purchase.


Origin:
1895–1900

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hire-purchase
 
n
(Brit), (Austral), (NZ), (South African) HP, h.p., instalment plan, US and Canadian equivalents: installment plan
 a.  a system for purchasing merchandise, such as cars or furniture, in which the buyer takes possession of the merchandise on payment of a deposit and completes the purchase by paying a series of regular instalments while the seller retains ownership until the final instalment is paid
 b.  (as modifier): hire-purchase legislation

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