One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- short for autogiro
- ‘If you pay on a normal credit bill and write a cheque or pay by giro, you can save up to a maximum of 13 per cent if you change to direct debit.’
- ‘The software must also take account of different payment methods, allowing people to be paid by cheque, cash or giro.’
Late 19th century: via German from Italian, ‘circulation (of money)’.
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