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[bar-uh l-hed]
  1. either of the round, flat sections that form the top and bottom of a barrel.
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  1. on the barrelhead, in advance or on demand: They won't deliver the merchandise unless we pay cash on the barrelhead.
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Origin of barrelhead

First recorded in 1830–40; barrel + head
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • If Earthmen wanted anything from them, the terms were cash on the barrelhead.

    A World by the Tale

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Nevertheless, the headaches had for years made the transference of fishing to someone for cash on the barrelhead a temptation.