Main definitions of cash in English

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noun

  • 1[mass noun] Money in coins or notes, as distinct from cheques, money orders, or credit:

    ‘the staff were paid in cash’
    ‘a discount for cash’
    • ‘Entities having cash credit accounts or bill accounts can now make repayments of their credit facilities in cash instead of a cheque or draft.’
    • ‘Payment by the bidders will have to be in cash or bank guaranteed cheques.’
    • ‘Giving me my money as cash or a cheque, so that I can go and exchange that money for goods and services.’
    • ‘The police also recovered Rs 30,000 cash and 29 coins from the box.’
    • ‘These accounts don't offer checking services, which means that bill paying must be done with cash or money orders.’
    • ‘In the finance office, the main coffer lock was detonated, damaging all papers, including vouchers, promissory notes, cash and cheque box.’
    • ‘Wallets containing cash, credit cards and documents have also been taken from lockers and police report cases have increased in the last two months’
    • ‘The $200 deposit can be made using travellers cheques, credit card or cash.’
    • ‘The bag contained £10 in cash as well as credit cards, a cheque book, sunglasses, documents and a small leather purse.’
    • ‘Most credit cards and travellers' cheques are widely accepted, as are cash notes of the world's major trading currencies.’
    • ‘The days when cash, a cheque or a promissory note were the only methods of payment have passed.’
    • ‘Most of us are only familiar with a few ways to spend money: cash, checks and credit cards.’
    • ‘The cheques were deposited in the account and the money later withdrawn with cash cheques.’
    • ‘Your best bet is to buy your bonds directly from a bank or credit union, using cash or money in an existing account.’
    • ‘The men made off towards Sheen Road with the bag containing cash and cheques, a mobile phone and credit cards.’
    • ‘He took the victim's wallet containing cash and credit cards, and left the house.’
    • ‘The account is then settled with cash, travellers cheques or a credit card at the end of the week.’
    • ‘If you need to be really strict with yourself, take cash (not cheques or credit cards) to shops so you can't spend more than you'd planned to.’
    • ‘When it comes to making major purchases, credit cards are far safer than cash or cheques.’
    • ‘You can take Traveller cheques, cash, and a credit card.’
    money, ready cash, ready money, currency, legal tender, hard cash
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    1. 1.1 Money in any form:
      ‘she was always short of cash’
      • ‘The lack of cash to fund the relatively new treatment has prompted Gavin's mother, Margaret, to write to politicians and the hospital for an explanation.’
      • ‘The fund was set up this year to address a perceived lack of venture capital cash for firms looking for investments of between £2m-5m.’
      • ‘Despite living in an affluent suburb, nine mouths to feed meant the family was always scratching around for cash.’
      • ‘Nine months later, they are nearing profitability and have substantial cash reserves to fund growth.’
      • ‘The former Sunday school building in Stanley Street, which is owned by Pendle Council, was threatened with closure last year due to a lack of cash to fund repairs.’
      • ‘A lack of venture capital cash has forced the company to look abroad for partners to develop its lead product, a treatment for cystic fibrosis.’
      • ‘Little is made of the fact that household cash and savings deposits rose 8.3 per cent year-on-year in September.’
      • ‘For those short on cash, down payments are not required for the program.’
      • ‘The Ellenor Foundation can turn old mobile phones, used postage stamps, empty toner and ink cartridges and foreign coins and notes into cash.’
      • ‘They say that patience pays - which probably explains why I'm always short of cash.’
      • ‘Musicals are notoriously expensive, and a lack of cash tends to compromise their look and our enjoyment.’
      • ‘Health bosses said the shortage has been heightened by practices going private, claiming demand and lack of cash was affecting their ability to treat patients.’
      • ‘A county council spokesman said the fund was not short of cash for paying pensioners.’
      • ‘But it has been criticised for handing out large amounts of taxpayers' cash to wealthy private individuals.’
      • ‘At the same time, the push is on for private contributions of cash.’
      • ‘Aid was being hampered only by the civil war and the difficulty of getting resources to the area, not by lack of cash.’
      • ‘The trade association said most shoppers had been left short of cash to purchase domestic goods because of escalating house prices.’
      • ‘The Group remains in a negative cashflow position as it used its available cash to finance capital expenditure and retire debt.’
      • ‘Over the past three years, insurers have seriously depleted their reserves of cash, which they will need to build back up again.’
      • ‘Money is divided into cash for the most deprived areas, the second most deprived and projects to benefit all.’
      finance, resources, funds, money, means, assets, wherewithal, capital, investment capital
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Give or obtain notes or coins for (a cheque or money order):

    ‘the bank cashed her cheque’
    • ‘Hamilton says it was unintentional and points out that the cheques were cashed at different times, but he did receive double his expense back.’
    • ‘‘I had problems cashing my traveller's cheques, the banks were closed and, for four days, I had no currency,’ said Alex.’
    • ‘Turnovers decreased, customers requested banking services such as cashing cheques, and there were difficulties with keeping appropriate levels and denominations of change.’
    • ‘We would ask people to be especially careful when cashing cheques, particularly third party ones or from people they do not know.’
    • ‘The clerk says it could be two weeks before I hear whether someone has cashed the money order.’
    • ‘Under the new regulations, all payees must present some form of photographic ID in order to cash URP cheques.’
    • ‘It is, further, the practice of many banks to cash cheques presented by a customer to a branch other than that with which he maintains his account.’
    • ‘Recently there has been a spate of robberies against senior citizens who go to the bank to cash their pension cheques.’
    • ‘She agreed to buy a pair of scissors for £9, but when the cheque was cashed at a bank it had been altered to £99.’
    • ‘What's more, some foreign banks charge fees of up to 6% for cashing travellers' cheques, so check before you hand over your cheques to the cashier!’
    • ‘If we are going to be cashing cheques for the bank, we could not face the cut in payment.’
    • ‘After a phone call, they informed me that if I went into Kitchener, the post office there would have the money to cash the money order.’
    • ‘He turned out not only not to have any bulbs - his intention apparently was to steal them to order - but he failed to do even that before cashing the cheques.’
    • ‘His whole game is built around high intensity and energy, and McManus deposits work in the bank to allow his body to cash cheques on the field.’
    • ‘Once on holiday, it is likely that a second commission charge will be levied when cashing the cheques.’
    • ‘Cook had just been in and was en route to the bank to cash a cheque.’
    • ‘He had cashed the money orders and spent them, and he wasn't even in the house like he was supposed to be.’
    • ‘As an airline co-pilot he could readily cash a wage cheque and date the best bank tellers at the same time.’
    • ‘Then there are people who live in far away places where there are no facilities such as banks and the cost of travelling to cash their cheques is far beyond what they receive.’
    • ‘But as soon as he had finished laughing all the way to the bank and cashed the cheque, he was arrested on 24 counts of arson.’
    exchange, change, convert into cash, convert into money, turn into cash, turn into money, encash, realize, liquidate
    honour, pay, accept, take
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  • 2Bridge
    Lead (a high card) so as to take the opportunity to win a trick:

    ‘South cashed the ace, king, and queen of clubs’
    • ‘Ann now cashes five clubs on which Bill discards down to the two aces and the 9’
    • ‘Usually, therefore, defense starts with one defender cashing a long suit, hoping that his partner will become void in the suit and be able to discard in another suit, or simply to pave the way for an attack in that same suit.’

Phrases

  • cash down

    • With immediate and full payment at the time of purchase:

      ‘the price was £900 cash down’
      • ‘But City said it would have to be cash down or nothing.’
      • ‘‘No one is walking in and putting cash down on new cars,’ said Pat Shanahan, owner of Isuzu dealership Airport Auto.’
  • cash in one's chips

    • informal Die:

      ‘the two men never realized how close they had come to cashing in their chips’
      • ‘Roddy was in our monthly poker group that included a rowdy, hard-living group, nearly all of whom have cashed in their chips and are still great memories.’
      • ‘‘On the 11 th,’ he says, ‘I came close to cashing in my chips.’’
      • ‘The legendary Veronica Dunne sings the role of the Countess, who also cashes in her chips, but not until she has hit a few high notes.’
  • cash in hand

    • Payment for goods and services in cash rather than by cheque or other means, typically as a way of avoiding the payment of tax on the amount earned:

      [as modifier] ‘a cash-in-hand job’
      • ‘Often low on cash, they can be enticed into working for lower hourly rates of pay, cash in hand, and longer hours without penalty rates.’
      • ‘They live in a caravan on a Welsh beach all summer, work cash in hand at a local pub, and spend four months of the winter here.’
      • ‘His claims led to a fraud probe by the Employment Service which found that trainees were being paid cash in hand for jobs on the side with the knowledge and co-operation of some supervisors.’
      • ‘Also the people that leave under these schemes go and find another job or work cash in hand to make more money.’
      • ‘Occasionally, he would pop up playing gigs above pubs for £40 cash in hand, but compared with his profile of only a few years ago, he all but vanished.’
      • ‘There he met several other illegal immigrants who, like him, were prepared to work for wages well below the legal minimum - usually for around £2.50 to £3 per hour - as long as it was cash in hand.’
      • ‘We all know cases where somebody is working cash in hand and then signing on, not only is this person not paying tax but also is claiming benefit on top.’
      • ‘The court later heard that because the benefit the three defendants enjoyed was cash in hand, investigators had found it difficult to establish how much each had received.’
      • ‘So, without identity documents, she had to shield her children from the authorities and eke out a living with odd cash in hand jobs.’
      • ‘Most of those late-night and weekend workers operated on their own time, getting cash in hand for shop fittings and specialised work.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • cash in

    • Take advantage of or exploit (a situation):

      ‘the breweries were cashing in on the rediscovered taste for real ales’
      • ‘Even the city's Resistance Museum is cashing in on the orgy of national pride with its exhibit on Rembrandt in second world war propaganda.’
      • ‘To a certain extent, he's cashing in on the latest literary fad.’
      • ‘Supermarkets have been accused of cashing in on the organic food boom by misleading consumers over Scottish salmon.’
      • ‘The oil companies stress they cannot cash in this profit because they have to replenish stocks.’
      • ‘It is true - not only are the hotels cashing in, but the local rental market is booming.’
      • ‘Children constitute a large and attractive market segment and the broadcasting industry is cashing in on that.’
      • ‘No wonder the teeny cosmetics market is cashing in, targeting their lip-gloss and nail polish at increasingly younger kids.’
      • ‘He doesn't make any apologies, however, about cashing in on the pink dollar.’
      • ‘It made him smile and he smiled all the way to the bank, cashing in on his fake war experiences to get himself a name.’
      • ‘Their offspring may have to become clerks in the shopping markets instead of cashing in on the reputation of their parents.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, it was the studio that was cashing in on the popularity.’
      • ‘At present I really do think this hybrid idea is just a case of Toyota and Lexus cashing in on the lunacy of the environmental movement.’
      • ‘Fraudsters and scam artists are cashing in on the generosity of the public according to Trading Standard officials.’
      • ‘The shop branched out to include sports clothing as well as trainers and soon he was cashing in on an unlikely new rage for casual sportswear.’
      • ‘Or do you, like me, feel exploited by big institutions cashing in on the phenomenon?’
      • ‘The university, students and local community council have all accused the hotel owners of cashing in on the royal connection.’
      • ‘Pirates have been cashing in on the time lag in the film's release by showing illegal copies of the movies in small towns.’
      • ‘These problems haven't stopped the contractors fighting over the Railtrack maintenance budget from cashing in.’
      • ‘The Delhi Metro is also hopeful of cashing in on its growing popularity.’
      • ‘The hysteria around the idea that we are swamped with illegal refugees cashing in on our natural benevolence is mounting daily.’
      take advantage of, turn to one's advantage, exploit
      make money from, profit from, do well out of
      milk, bleed, suck dry, squeeze, wring
      make a killing out of
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  • cash something in (or north americancash out)

    • Convert an insurance policy, savings account, or other investment into money:

      ‘hundreds of savers cashed in their investments’
      • ‘Investment earnings would be taxed once they are cashed in and you have used them to buy something.’
      • ‘It may be cold comfort for Irish policyholders who will lose up to 15 per cent of the value of their investments if they cash them in, but British policyholders are worse off.’
      • ‘The decision with-profits investors have to make is whether to keep their investments or to cash them in.’
      • ‘If an investor wants to cash their policy in, then the insurer has to make an adjustment to the policy value in order to be fair to the investors who are left behind.’
      • ‘Never invest in share or share-based investment plans unless they give you the flexibility to cash them in at a time of your choosing - that is, when the market is doing well.’
      • ‘The retailer can then either choose to keep circulating the money by spending it at another store, or cash it in at a 90 per cent exchange, with the remaining 10 per cent donated to charity.’
      • ‘Is it worth keeping this going or should I cash it in and invest elsewhere?’
      • ‘Young investors have more opportunities for riskier financial plans as they are not dependent on it for an income and can wait to cash it in when their investments are at a high.’
      • ‘Just this past week a person who is two months away from becoming a pensioner told me he wished he had, every time he changed his job, invested his pension money rather than cashing it in.’
      • ‘The change in tax treatment of life assurance investment products from the beginning of this year means funds are allowed to grow tax-free until the investor cashes them in.’
      • ‘Because of fluctuating stock prices, customers require up-to-date valuations on their investments to decide if they should cash them in.’
      • ‘You will probably find that, as well as cashing them in on their 10th birthday, you can either continue your contributions or cease paying in, but leave in the money invested so far.’
      • ‘Do we cash them in for money at the end of our time?’
      • ‘A puzzler for the impaired - what sort of ‘asset’ requires that you borrow more money to cash it in?’
      • ‘I would like to know if you think it makes sense to cash it in and use the proceeds to buy an investment property towards my retirement instead?’
      • ‘But the outcome would normally be that the policy would be cashed in before the superannuation fund moneys were paid over.’
      • ‘It can only assume the holdings were cashed in, or transferred to someone else.’
      • ‘Either way, you're likely to get a much better return on your money and you also have the flexibility to cash it in when the time is right.’
      • ‘When the policy is cashed in, the firm recoups only the amount it paid in premiums.’
      • ‘The minimum purchase is four units, which costs €25, and prize bonds can be cashed in at any time.’
  • cash up (or north americancash out)

    • Count and check takings at the end of a day's trading:

      ‘two staff were cashing up at one of the tills’
      • ‘It's getting close to 6.00 pm when I start cashing up and the other member of staff comes upstairs to work the main till.’
      • ‘Police said the pair waited until the pub was empty before bursting in as the landlord and the barmaid were cashing up.’
      • ‘Still, something to think about when I get around to cashing up the penny jar, eh?’
      • ‘At the end of the day I was cashed up and it was found that I had accepted two forged tenners.’
      • ‘Nearly £18,000 was taken in the raid when two members of staff who were cashing up a Saturday night's takings were attacked.’
      • ‘When the boss is cashing up at work, don't fiddle with the PC and turn it off half way though ‘by mistake'. He gets angry.’
      • ‘There was no sign of the tills having been cashed up.’
      • ‘Mr Harteveld said: ‘I was cashing up when I heard a noise.’’
      • ‘The last remaining regular had finished off his pint minutes earlier and the assistant manager locked the front door and started to cash up the night's takings’
      • ‘We had four people working full time just cashing up and going to the bank.’
      • ‘On October 3 he was in charge of cashing up because the manager was absent and stole £1, 750, three days' takings, and also took a Ford Mondeo car that he had not fully paid for from the owner of the club.’
      • ‘I unlocked the office and settled for the morning's work of cashing up the previous day's takings, within less than a minute the fire alarm sounded!’
      • ‘When the clock struck 10 pm, Mr Gunn cashed up the day's takings and closed the premises, ready to go home.’
      • ‘‘You cash up at the end of the day and you are directly responsible for your sales,’ she said.’
      • ‘At the time the assistant manager was on holiday, so I was left essentially running the shop with the manager coming in for a few hours to cash up and open/close the shop.’
      • ‘However, as well as the good craic and the laughs, there was also the hard work behind the scenes, as Angela found time for bookkeeping, stocking the shop and cashing up at the end of the day.’
      • ‘My final chance, as far as I could see, was as we were cashing up.’
      • ‘Everyone else had gone home and we had finished cashing up.’
      • ‘That could suggest consumers may prove to be more cautious when the tills are cashed up this Christmas.’
      • ‘This is so that when he finishes his shift he can just dump the money then leave rather than have to spend another half an hour cashing up.’

Origin

Late 16th century (denoting a box for money): from Old French casse or Italian cassa box, from Latin capsa (see case).

Pronunciation

cash

/kaʃ/

Main definitions of cash in English

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noun

historical
  • A coin of low value from China, southern India, or SE Asia.

Origin

Late 16th century: from Portuguese caixa, from Tamil kāsu, influenced by cash.

Pronunciation

cash

/kaʃ/