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cold cash

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  1. money immediately available: They will accept payment in cold cash only.

Origin of cold cash

First recorded in 1920–25
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Idioms and Phrases with cold cash

cold cash

Also, hard cash. Actual currency (bills and coins); money immediately available, paid at the time of a purchase. For example, Will you lower the price if I pay in cold cash instead of using a credit card? or We have only a limited amount of hard cash—the rest is in accounts receivable. [First half of 1900s]

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