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cash-and-car·​ry ˌka-shᵊn-ˈker-ē How to pronounce cash-and-carry (audio)
: sold or provided for cash and usually without delivery service


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: the policy of selling on a cash-and-carry basis

Examples of cash-and-carry in a Sentence

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And within the narrow formal range of cash-and-carry goods that art fairs were conceived to accommodate, there’s some variety. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 2 May 2024 Trade with China was strictly cash-and-carry—and cash meant silver. Salvatore Babones, Foreign Affairs, 7 June 2015 That means switching to what’s effectively a cash-and-carry system. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 25 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1917, in the meaning defined above


1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cash-and-carry was in 1917

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“Cash-and-carry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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