[ kash-out ]
/ ˈkæʃˌaʊt /
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Also cashout . a direct cash payment or a cash profit or remainder: The store owner lived on a cash-out of fifty dollars a day.
a payment of winnings or a cashing in of chips, as in a casino.
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What does cash out mean?

To cash out is to exchange something, such as casino chips or stocks, for money, as in Jorge had to cash out his retirement fund when he lost his job and couldn’t find another.

Cash out is typically used in casinos, which use items such as chips or tokens to represent money you’ve won or paper slips that keep a tally of the money you’ve won. When you’re done gambling, you cash out by exchanging the items or paper slips for money. 

You can also cash out stocks, bonds, and similar investment products. Instead of exchanging chips or paper slips, you’re exchanging your share of ownership in the thing you purchased for the money your ownership represents. 

When referring to an exchange for money, you can also use cash in.

To cash out also means to balance a cash register at the end of a work shift. When you cash out your register, you count all of the money in the register and all of the money spent with credit or debit cards to make sure the sum matches the cost of products sold.

Example: Tanya always cashes out her register by adding the money on a piece of paper.

Where does cash out come from?

The first records of the term cash out come from around the 1970s. It combines cash, meaning “to obtain money for,” and out, meaning “so as to use the last part of,” giving a meaning of “to receive all money and leave.”

When you cash out at a casino, you’ll receive a cash-out or a cashout—the money you’ve won. A cash-out could also be a payment a business owner or worker receives as profit. Typically cash-out is used to describe the money that people receive after paying any taxes on the money.

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  • cash-out (noun)
  • cashout (noun, verb)

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How is cash out used in real life?

Cash out is a common term used especially in relation to gambling or investing.


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Is cash out used correctly in the following sentence?

“We should really cash out soon before I lose all of my winnings.”

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