Origin of bank

2
1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French banque < Italian banca table, counter, moneychanger's table < Old High German bank bench
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British Dictionary definitions for bank on (1 of 4)

bank on

verb

(intr, preposition) to expect or rely with confidence onyou can bank on him always arriving on time

British Dictionary definitions for bank on (2 of 4)

bank1
/ (bæŋk) /

noun

verb

See also bank on

Word Origin for bank

C15: probably from Italian banca bench, moneychanger's table, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German banc bench

British Dictionary definitions for bank on (3 of 4)

bank2
/ (bæŋk) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for bank

C12: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Icelandic bakki hill, Old Danish banke, Swedish backe

British Dictionary definitions for bank on (4 of 4)

bank3
/ (bæŋk) /

noun

an arrangement of objects, esp similar objects, in a row or in tiersa bank of dials
  1. a tier of oars in a galley
  2. a bench for the rowers in a galley
a grade of lightweight writing and printing paper used for airmail letters, etc
telephony (in automatic switching) an assembly of fixed electrical contacts forming a rigid unit in a selector or similar device

verb

(tr) to arrange in a bank

Word Origin for bank

C17: from Old French banc bench, of Germanic origin; see bank 1
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Idioms and Phrases with bank on (1 of 2)

bank on

Rely on, count on. For example, You can bank on Molly's caterer to do a good job. This expression alludes to bank as a reliable storage place for money. [Late 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with bank on (2 of 2)

bank

In addition to the idiom beginning with bank

  • bank on

also see:

  • break the bank
  • laugh all the way to the bank
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