hire purchase

noun

Definition of hire purchase

chiefly British
: purchase on the installment plan

Examples of hire purchase in a Sentence

They bought the furniture on hire purchase.

First Known Use of hire purchase

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Hire purchase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hire%20purchase. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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