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hire-purchase system

[hahyuh r-pur-chuh s] /ˈhaɪərˈpɜr tʃəs/
noun, British.
a system of payment for a commodity in regular installments while using it.
Also called hire-purchase.
Origin of hire-purchase system
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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(Brit & Austral, NZ & South African)
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier): hire-purchase legislation
HP, h.p., US and Canadian equivalents instalment plan, installment plan
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