noun

readies" or "the ready
British
informal
  • Available money; cash.

    • ‘While the film has attracted several offers, sponsors did not come up with the readies until recently.’
    • ‘Because I haven't got the readies to hand, I could offer a pittance now and promise to pay the rest at a date more to my convenience.’
    • ‘They, somehow, made readies available to keep their friend in the style to which he had become accustomed.’
    • ‘The sports minister will take possession of it shortly and will then go cap-in-hand to the new finance minister looking for the readies to fund the project.’
    • ‘To top it all off, they've also secured the readies required to fund the development of their new stadium at Ashburton Grove, which should be ready for the start of the 2006/07 season.’
    • ‘Large numbers of consumers and small businesses swap software, and they're not about to stump up the readies to convert their current unlicensed software to full product.’
    • ‘And if you do want to take your spending power in readies, what's wrong with sterling?’
    • ‘So let's see some of the readies in Keighley for a change.’
    • ‘The major stumbling block is getting the readies to put it on a stage.’
    • ‘It's the recurring question constantly spouted out by dance students who have to cough up readies to fund dance courses.’
    cash, hard cash, ready money
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