Definition of cash and carry in English:

cash and carry


  • 1A system of wholesale trading whereby goods are paid for in full at the time of purchase and taken away by the purchaser.

    • ‘But as long as the conflict continues in this troubled region, experts says the more likely the Congo will continue to be a cash and carry economy.’
    • ‘Too many in the United States remain convinced that health care is a cash-and-carry item, largely because they know no other system.’
    • ‘The growth of the cash-and-carry business in Calais (where many of the businesses took cash payments in pounds sterling) in which Arena was involved meant that cash was often the method of payment.’
    • ‘A long time resident of Killiney, Co Dublin, he enjoyed a successful career in the cash and carry business through his firm Lee & Co.’
    • ‘There is enclosed yard space on either side and the selling agent expects interest from cash and carry, manufacturing and distribution users.’
    • ‘The prototype, offering burgers to travellers on a cash-and-carry basis, was likely to be copied at other mainline stations.’
    • ‘Her name was among those mentioned in December when a Beverly Hills doctor was stripped of his medical licence in California for prescribing addictive drugs on a cash-and-carry basis to celebrities.’
    • ‘I am thinking of setting up my cash and carry medical practice on a boat.’
    • ‘Trading standards officers will be carrying out checks on licensed premises to make sure they are not cheating customers by passing off cheap cash-and-carry drinks as leading brands.’
    1. 1.1 A wholesale store using the cash and carry system.
      • ‘Have your friends or neighbours ever offered you their cash-and-carry card because they reckon that buying through a wholesaler is better than at a ordinary retail store?’
      • ‘A recent survey has shown that nearly forty per cent of small traders buy part of their stock from supermarkets rather than the more traditional cash-and-carry outlets.’
      • ‘We know that he did his weekly shopping at a cash and carry in Walkinstown and charged up his bill to a public house called The Laurels.’
      • ‘Under the zoning, uses open for consideration on the site include a cash and carry, crèche, enterprise centre, motor sales, a restaurant/cafe and, most significantly, retail warehousing.’
      • ‘Redmond also visited a cash and carry where he purchased his weekly shopping on Kennedy's account.’
      • ‘It is about to submit plans to create warehousing, offices and a cash and carry operation on 36 acres of the site.’
      • ‘The site would be suitable for use as a cash and carry, wholesalers, garden centre or motor sales outlet.’
      • ‘However, it would prevent the site being developed for wholesale cash and carry or retail outlets, light industry, noisy manufacturing and nightclubs.’
      • ‘In the 1960s he closed the warehouse and opened a supermarket in Motherwell with his brother before turning it into a cash-and-carry store.’
      • ‘‘We want to reassure all the manufacturers that buy our condensed milk from wholesalers and cash and carry outlets that they will still be able to do so,’ she said.’


cash and carry

/ˈˌkaSH ən(d) ˈkerē//ˈˌkæʃ ən(d) ˈkɛri/