- money in the form of coins or banknotes, especially that issued by a government.
- money or an equivalent, as a check, paid at the time of making a purchase.
- to give or obtain cash for (a check, money order, etc.).
- to win (a trick) by leading an assured winner.
- to lead (an assured winner) in order to win a trick: He cashed his ace and led the queen.
- cash in,
- to turn in and get cash for (one's chips), as in a gambling casino.
- to end or withdraw from a business agreement; convert one's assets into cash.
- Slang.to die: After her parents cashed in, she lived with her grandmother.
- cash in on, to profit from; use to one's advantage: swindlers who cash in on the credulity of the public.
- cash in one's chips, Slang. to die.
Origin of cash1
- any of several low-denomination coins of China, India, and the East Indies, especially a Chinese copper coin.
Origin of cash2
- JohnJohnny, 1932–2003, U.S. country-and-western singer, musician, and composer.
Related Words for cashrefund, buck, supply, payment, note, currency, security, reserve, investment, stock, liquidate, redeem, realize, acknowledge, wherewithal, coin, pledge, principal, funds, treasure
Examples from the Web for cash
Contemporary Examples of cash
One that they cannot cash in at the bank to pay for their flats.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
Crain posted a cash bond of $102.50 apiece shortly before 1:30 P.M., and they returned to the Castle Hotel.How Martin Luther King Jr. Influenced Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’
December 28, 2014
Mister Ham in need of cash: That is something a lot of people will not believe.The Stacks: Sell the Overcoat, Keep the Dignity
December 22, 2014
Hitchcock was quick to add he didn't see the cash exchange hands, but he doesn't doubt it happened.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Prizes may not be exchanged or redeemed for cash, sold, or traded.
Historical Examples of cash
I told Coplen to offer her a million cash for everything rather'n have any fuss.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Your costume may save us from starvation if we run short of cash.In the Midst of Alarms
Operators of monoplanes won a fair share of the cash prizes.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Ransom at long range will be about the size of it—cash or crash.American Notes
By the hazard of fortune all the cash found its way to Casanova.Casanova's Homecoming
- banknotes and coins, esp in hand or readily available; money or ready money
- immediate payment, in full or part, for goods or services (esp in the phrase cash down)
- (modifier) of, for, or paid by casha cash transaction
- the cash Canadian a checkout counter
- (tr) to obtain or pay ready money forto cash a cheque
Word Origin for cash
- any of various Chinese, Indonesian, or Indian coins of low value
Word Origin for cash
- Johnny. 1932–2003, US country-and-western singer, guitarist, and songwriter. His recordings include the hits "I Walk the Line" (1956), "Ring of Fire" (1963), "A Boy named Sue" (1969), and the American Recordings series of albums (1994–2003)
1590s, "money box;" also "money in hand, coin," from Middle French caisse "money box" (16c.), from Provençal caissa or Italian cassa, from Latin capsa "box" (see case (n.2)); originally the money box, but the secondary sense of the money in it became sole meaning 18c. Cash crop is attested from 1831; cash flow from 1954; the mechanical cash register from 1878.
Like many financial terms in English (bankrupt, etc.), ultimately from Italian. Not related to (but influencing the form of) the colonial British cash "Indian monetary system, Chinese coin, etc.," which is from Tamil kasu, Sanskrit karsha, Sinhalese kasi.
"to convert to cash" (as a check, etc.), 1811, from cash (n.). Related: Cashed; cashing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with cash
- cash cow
- cash in
- cash on the barrelhead
- cold cash