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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: casse 'money box', from Old Italian cassa, from Latin capsa; CASE1

cash

1 noun
     
cash1 S2 W2 [uncountable]
1 money in the form of coins or notes rather than cheques, credit cards etc:
Cash was taken during a burglary of the apartment.
in cash
The traffic police will accept fines in cash immediately.
The shop charges less if the customer pays in cash.
hard cash, petty cash
2 money:
Health and education need cash from the government.
A phone line to help children in trouble has been closed due to lack of cash.
Charity workers must constantly raise more cash (=collect more money) for the needy.
The company found itself strapped for cash (=without enough money) to pay taxes.
3

cash down

British English cash up front American English if you pay for something cash down, you pay before you receive it
4

cash on delivery

COD a payment system in which the customer pays the person who delivers the goods to them
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money, cash, change, currency
Money is the most general word for the notes and coins that you use for buying things Can I borrow some money? Put the money straight in your purse.Use cash when you want to emphasize that you mean notes and coins, and not cheques, credit cards etc You have to pay in cash - they don't accept cheques.!! Do not say 'pay by cash'. Say pay in cash.Use change when you mean money in the form of coins, or the money you get back when you pay for something with more money than it cost I need some change for the phone. He left the shop without waiting for his change.Use currency to refer to the money of a particular country You'll need about £500 worth of Japanese currency. See also money

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