Main definitions of cash in English

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cash1

Pronunciation /kaSH/ /kæʃ/

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noun

  • 1Money in coins or notes, as distinct from checks, money orders, or credit.

    ‘the staff were paid in cash’
    • ‘a discount for cash’
    • ‘Entities having cash credit accounts or bill accounts can now make repayments of their credit facilities in cash instead of a cheque or draft.’
    • ‘You can take Traveller cheques, cash, and a credit card.’
    • ‘In the finance office, the main coffer lock was detonated, damaging all papers, including vouchers, promissory notes, cash and cheque box.’
    • ‘Your best bet is to buy your bonds directly from a bank or credit union, using cash or money in an existing account.’
    • ‘Most of us are only familiar with a few ways to spend money: cash, checks and credit cards.’
    • ‘Giving me my money as cash or a cheque, so that I can go and exchange that money for goods and services.’
    • ‘If you need to be really strict with yourself, take cash (not cheques or credit cards) to shops so you can't spend more than you'd planned to.’
    • ‘The days when cash, a cheque or a promissory note were the only methods of payment have passed.’
    • ‘When it comes to making major purchases, credit cards are far safer than cash or cheques.’
    • ‘Most credit cards and travellers' cheques are widely accepted, as are cash notes of the world's major trading currencies.’
    • ‘Wallets containing cash, credit cards and documents have also been taken from lockers and police report cases have increased in the last two months’
    • ‘The bag contained £10 in cash as well as credit cards, a cheque book, sunglasses, documents and a small leather purse.’
    • ‘The men made off towards Sheen Road with the bag containing cash and cheques, a mobile phone and credit cards.’
    • ‘He took the victim's wallet containing cash and credit cards, and left the house.’
    • ‘The account is then settled with cash, travellers cheques or a credit card at the end of the week.’
    • ‘Payment by the bidders will have to be in cash or bank guaranteed cheques.’
    • ‘The cheques were deposited in the account and the money later withdrawn with cash cheques.’
    • ‘The $200 deposit can be made using travellers cheques, credit card or cash.’
    • ‘The police also recovered Rs 30,000 cash and 29 coins from the box.’
    • ‘These accounts don't offer checking services, which means that bill paying must be done with cash or money orders.’
    money, ready cash, ready money, currency, legal tender, hard cash
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    1. 1.1Money in any form, especially that which is immediately available.
      ‘she was always short of cash’
      • ‘Health bosses said the shortage has been heightened by practices going private, claiming demand and lack of cash was affecting their ability to treat patients.’
      • ‘A county council spokesman said the fund was not short of cash for paying pensioners.’
      • ‘The Group remains in a negative cashflow position as it used its available cash to finance capital expenditure and retire debt.’
      • ‘The lack of cash to fund the relatively new treatment has prompted Gavin's mother, Margaret, to write to politicians and the hospital for an explanation.’
      • ‘The former Sunday school building in Stanley Street, which is owned by Pendle Council, was threatened with closure last year due to a lack of cash to fund repairs.’
      • ‘The fund was set up this year to address a perceived lack of venture capital cash for firms looking for investments of between £2m-5m.’
      • ‘A lack of venture capital cash has forced the company to look abroad for partners to develop its lead product, a treatment for cystic fibrosis.’
      • ‘Despite living in an affluent suburb, nine mouths to feed meant the family was always scratching around for cash.’
      • ‘They say that patience pays - which probably explains why I'm always short of cash.’
      • ‘At the same time, the push is on for private contributions of cash.’
      • ‘Little is made of the fact that household cash and savings deposits rose 8.3 per cent year-on-year in September.’
      • ‘But it has been criticised for handing out large amounts of taxpayers' cash to wealthy private individuals.’
      • ‘Over the past three years, insurers have seriously depleted their reserves of cash, which they will need to build back up again.’
      • ‘Money is divided into cash for the most deprived areas, the second most deprived and projects to benefit all.’
      • ‘For those short on cash, down payments are not required for the program.’
      • ‘Nine months later, they are nearing profitability and have substantial cash reserves to fund growth.’
      • ‘The trade association said most shoppers had been left short of cash to purchase domestic goods because of escalating house prices.’
      • ‘Musicals are notoriously expensive, and a lack of cash tends to compromise their look and our enjoyment.’
      • ‘Aid was being hampered only by the civil war and the difficulty of getting resources to the area, not by lack of cash.’
      • ‘The Ellenor Foundation can turn old mobile phones, used postage stamps, empty toner and ink cartridges and foreign coins and notes into cash.’
      finance, resources, funds, money, means, assets, wherewithal, capital, investment capital
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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Give or obtain notes or coins for (a check or money order).

    exchange, change, convert into cash, convert into money, turn into cash, turn into money, encash, realize, liquidate
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  • 2Bridge
    Lead (a high card) so as to take the opportunity to win a trick.

    • ‘South cashed the ace, king, and queen of clubs’

Phrases

    cash in one's chips
    informal
    • Die.

      • ‘the two men never realized how close they had come to cashing in their chips’
      • ‘Roddy was in our monthly poker group that included a rowdy, hard-living group, nearly all of whom have cashed in their chips and are still great memories.’
      • ‘‘On the 11 th,’ he says, ‘I came close to cashing in my chips.’’
      • ‘The legendary Veronica Dunne sings the role of the Countess, who also cashes in her chips, but not until she has hit a few high notes.’

Phrasal Verbs

    cash in
    • 1informal Take advantage of or exploit a situation.

      • ‘the breweries were cashing in on the rediscovered taste for real ales’
      • ‘Or do you, like me, feel exploited by big institutions cashing in on the phenomenon?’
      • ‘The oil companies stress they cannot cash in this profit because they have to replenish stocks.’
      • ‘Even the city's Resistance Museum is cashing in on the orgy of national pride with its exhibit on Rembrandt in second world war propaganda.’
      • ‘No wonder the teeny cosmetics market is cashing in, targeting their lip-gloss and nail polish at increasingly younger kids.’
      • ‘Their offspring may have to become clerks in the shopping markets instead of cashing in on the reputation of their parents.’
      • ‘Children constitute a large and attractive market segment and the broadcasting industry is cashing in on that.’
      • ‘These problems haven't stopped the contractors fighting over the Railtrack maintenance budget from cashing in.’
      • ‘Supermarkets have been accused of cashing in on the organic food boom by misleading consumers over Scottish salmon.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, it was the studio that was cashing in on the popularity.’
      • ‘The university, students and local community council have all accused the hotel owners of cashing in on the royal connection.’
      • ‘To a certain extent, he's cashing in on the latest literary fad.’
      • ‘He doesn't make any apologies, however, about cashing in on the pink dollar.’
      • ‘The Delhi Metro is also hopeful of cashing in on its growing popularity.’
      • ‘Pirates have been cashing in on the time lag in the film's release by showing illegal copies of the movies in small towns.’
      • ‘It is true - not only are the hotels cashing in, but the local rental market is booming.’
      • ‘It made him smile and he smiled all the way to the bank, cashing in on his fake war experiences to get himself a name.’
      • ‘The hysteria around the idea that we are swamped with illegal refugees cashing in on our natural benevolence is mounting daily.’
      • ‘The shop branched out to include sports clothing as well as trainers and soon he was cashing in on an unlikely new rage for casual sportswear.’
      • ‘At present I really do think this hybrid idea is just a case of Toyota and Lexus cashing in on the lunacy of the environmental movement.’
      • ‘Fraudsters and scam artists are cashing in on the generosity of the public according to Trading Standard officials.’
    • 2cash something in, cash in somethingConvert an insurance policy, savings account, or other investment into money.

      • ‘hundreds of savers cashed in their investments’
    cash out
    • also cash something out, cash out somethingConvert an insurance policy, savings account, or other investment into money.

      ‘most of them cashed out when their stock options reached a certain optimum level’
      • ‘Davis cashed out his shares’
    cash up
    British
    • also cash something up, cash up somethingCount and check takings at the end of a day's trading.

      ‘two staff were cashing up at one of the tills’
      • ‘I was responsible for training new staff and cashing up the money at the end of each day.’

Origin

Late 16th century (denoting a box for money): from Old French casse or Italian cassa ‘box’, from Latin capsa (see case).

Main definitions of cash in English

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Pronunciation /kaSH/ /kæʃ/

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nouncash

historical
  • A coin of low value from China, southern India, or Southeast Asia.

Origin

Late 16th century from Portuguese caixa, from Tamil kāsu, influenced by cash.