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  • n. Money held ready for payment, or actually paid, at the time of a transaction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. money held ready for payment, or actually paid, at the time of a transaction; cash.
  • adj. means of immediate payment; cash.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. money in the form of cash that is readily available


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  • Going about with them all the while, and possibly haggling with them over the values, was an intending purchaser in the person of a certain Matthew Appletree from London ” one of those dealers who followed in the wake of the Parliamentary forces as they advanced into Royalist districts, with a view to pick up good bargains for ready money in the confiscated property of Delinquents.

    The Life of John Milton

  • Now Mr Vincent had lost, and had actually paid to Mrs Luttridge, the ready money which had been destined to discharge his debt to Mr Percival; he expected fresh remittances from the West Indies in the course of a few weeks; but, in the mean time, he must raise this money immediately: this he could only do by having recourse to Jews – a desperate expedient.


  • Indeed, they were worse, for Werdet's bad circumstances forced him to pledge himself in several quarters in order to raise some ready money for his immediate wants; and, being pledged, he was bound to produce at high pressure.


  • Quoth the Frank Wilt thou sell it to me and take ready money for it?,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • To each of these families, whom I would now call farmers, it was proposed to advance 200 pounds in ready money as a stock to set them to work; to furnish them with cattle, horses, cows, hogs,

    From London to Land's End

  • – "I know, honest Thady," says he to comfort me, "what I'm about better than you do; I'm only selling to get the ready money wanting, to carry on my suit with spirit with the Nugents of Carrickashaughlin."

    Castle Rackrent: An Hibernian Tale

  • White's and to Brookes's; would keep race-horses; would walk up and down Pall Mall; be exonerated of his ready money and his constitution; become as totally devoid of morality, honesty, knowledge, and civility, as Protestant loungers in Pall Mall; and return home with a supreme contempt for Father O'Leary and Father O'Callaghan ....

    Sydney Smith

  • Compelled to quit Paris, to avoid being hanged in person, as he was in effigy, he divided the care of a large sum of ready money between Ninon de l'Enclos and the Grand Penitencier of Notre Dame.

    Ninon de L'Enclos the Celebrated Beauty of the 17th Century

  • The grocer generally obtains a credit of three months, & sells for ready money so as to be able to make his paiments & obtain a new supply.


  • Mrs. Brantley says that around in her neighborhood every one has given almost their last cent of ready money to the war cause.

    Diary, August 8, 1859-May 15, 1865.


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