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cold cash


  1. money immediately available:

    They will accept payment in cold cash only.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of cold cash1

First recorded in 1920–25
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Idioms and Phrases

Also, hard cash . Actual currency (bills and coins); money immediately available, paid at the time of a purchase. For example, Will you lower the price if I pay in cold cash instead of using a credit card? or We have only a limited amount of hard cash—the rest is in accounts receivable . [First half of 1900s]
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Example Sentences

With little access to cold cash, villagers in the East New Britain province turned to their existing collections of the shells of nassa mud snails.

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If you want to exchange those paintings for cold cash, the amount of the reward, or ransom, if you like, is the going price.

The media mogul has used cold cash to sway politicians and lobby regulators.

If you will pitch that game so Harvard will win, I'll give you a thousand dollars in cold cash.

The personal relation was forever gone, and only a hard, cold cash nexus remained.

Well, granted health, one can be boss of old Dame Circumstance, if one has the price in cold cash.

As soon as he'd squeal I'd spring cold cash on him, money down, and he's hit gravel like an ostrich.

When your company planks down fifty thousand in cold cash we will trade,—not before.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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