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adjective Informal.
  1. Also coin-op [koin-op] /ˈkɔɪnˌɒp/. activated by inserting a coin or coins into a slot: a coin-operated washing machine.
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  1. a coin-operated machine.
  2. a place with such machines, especially a self-service laundry.
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Origin of coin-operated

First recorded in 1955–60
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British Dictionary definitions for coin-op


  1. a launderette or other service installation in which the machines are operated by the insertion of coins
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