[ kash-in ]
/ ˈkæʃˌɪn /


redemption, as of mutual-fund shares.

Origin of cash-in

First recorded in 1935–40; noun use of verb phrase cash in

Definition for cash in (2 of 2)


[ kash ]
/ kæʃ /


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.

verb (used with object)

to give or obtain cash for (a check, money order, etc.).
  1. to win (a trick) by leading an assured winner.
  2. to lead (an assured winner) in order to win a trick: He cashed his ace and led the queen.

Verb Phrases

cash in,
  1. to turn in and get cash for (one's chips), as in a gambling casino.
  2. to end or withdraw from a business agreement; convert one's assets into cash.
  3. 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.

Origin of cash

First recorded in 1590–1600; apparently back formation from cashier1

Related forms

cash·a·ble, adjectivecash·a·bil·i·ty, nouncash·a·ble·ness, nounun·cashed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cash in (1 of 4)

cash in

verb (adverb)

(tr) to give (something) in exchange, esp for money
(intr often foll by on) informal
  1. to profit (from)
  2. to take advantage (of)
(intr) a slang expression for die 1

British Dictionary definitions for cash in (2 of 4)


/ (kæʃ) /


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
See also cash in, cash up

Derived Forms

cashable, adjective

Word Origin for cash

C16: from Old Italian cassa money box, from Latin capsa case ²

British Dictionary definitions for cash in (3 of 4)


/ (kæʃ) /

noun plural cash

any of various Chinese, Indonesian, or Indian coins of low value

Word Origin for cash

C16: from Portuguese caixa, from Tamil kāsu, from Sanskrit karsa weight of gold or silver

British Dictionary definitions for cash in (4 of 4)


/ (kæʃ) /


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)

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Idioms and Phrases with cash in (1 of 2)

cash in


Settle an account, close a matter, quit, as in I'm simply going to cash in and leave, or The countries of the former Soviet Union have cashed in. [Late 1800s]


Profit handsomely, as in When the stock price went up, we really cashed in. This phrase often is extended to cash in on, meaning to take advantage of. [Early 1900s]


Also, cash in one's chips. Die, as in If this new treatment fails, Bob may be cashing in his chips before long. This usage was a transfer from quitting a poker game. [Slang; late 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with cash in (2 of 2)


In addition to the idioms beginning with cash

  • cash cow
  • cash in
  • cash on the barrelhead

also see:

  • cold cash

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