Cold, Hard Cash

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Hard cash
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Meaning of Idiom 'Cold, Hard Cash'

Cold, hard cash means actual money in the form of bills and coins as opposed to checks, credit, or any other form of payment; money that is readily available for payment.

Compare to cash on the barrelhead.


The full idiom is rarely used verbally. Hard cash is the most common form, although cold cash is sometimes heard.


"I deal only in cold, hard cash. You want to do business with me, don't bring a checkbook!"

"I don't have any hard cash on me. Do you take credit cards?"


Used since the first half of the 1900's.

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