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money in the form of coins or banknotes, especially that issued by a government.
money or an equivalent, as a check, paid at the time of making a purchase.
to give or obtain cash for (a check, money order, etc.).

to win (a trick) by leading an assured winner.
to lead (an assured winner) in order to win a trick:
He cashed his ace and led the queen.

cash in,

to turn in and get cash for (one’s chips), as in a gambling casino.
to end or withdraw from a business agreement; convert one’s assets into cash.
Slang. to die:
After her parents cashed in, she lived with her grandmother.

cash in on, to profit from; use to one’s advantage:
swindlers who cash in on the credulity of the public.
cash in one’s chips, Slang. to die.
banknotes and coins, esp in hand or readily available; money or ready money
immediate payment, in full or part, for goods or services (esp in the phrase cash down)
(modifier) of, for, or paid by cash: a cash transaction
(Canadian) the cash, a checkout counter
(transitive) to obtain or pay ready money for: to cash a cheque
noun (pl) cash
any of various Chinese, Indonesian, or Indian coins of low value
Johnny. 1932–2003, US country-and-western singer, guitarist, and songwriter. His recordings include the hits “I Walk the Line” (1956), “Ring of Fire” (1963), “A Boy named Sue” (1969), and the American Recordings series of albums (1994–2003)

1590s, “money box;” also “money in hand, coin,” from Middle French caisse “money box” (16c.), from Provençal caissa or Italian cassa, from Latin capsa “box” (see case (n.2)); originally the money box, but the secondary sense of the money in it became sole meaning 18c. Cash crop is attested from 1831; cash flow from 1954; the mechanical cash register from 1878.

Like many financial terms in English (bankrupt, etc.), ultimately from Italian. Not related to (but influencing the form of) the colonial British cash “Indian monetary system, Chinese coin, etc.,” which is from Tamil kasu, Sanskrit karsha, Sinhalese kasi.

“to convert to cash” (as a check, etc.), 1811, from cash (n.). Related: Cashed; cashing.

Related Terms

cold cash

cash cow
cash in
cash on the barrelhead


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  • Cashback

    noun a discount offered in return for immediate payment (as modifier): cashback price £519.99 — save £30! a service provided by some supermarkets in which customers paying by debit card can draw cash the cash so drawn

  • Cashbook

    a book in which to record money received and paid out.

  • Cashdrawer

    a drawer, as in a cash register, that has separate compartments for coins and bills of different denominations.

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