cha-ching

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Onomatopoeia, imitative of the sound of a mechanical cash register when an amount is rung up. Popularized by the 1992 movie Wayne's World and by a 1992 advertisement featuring Seth Green.[1]
The spoken term is also, in the US, a trademarked sound of Rally's Hamburgers, Inc.[2]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

cha-ching

  1. (US, Canada, Australia) Score!; Wow!; said to celebrate something that has made or will make lots of money.
    • 1998, Media Foundation, Adbusters, Volume 6, page 49,
      Cha-ching! More profit, more jobs.

Noun[edit]

cha-ching (plural cha-chings)

  1. Money, cash.
    • 2005, Lee Mylne, advertisement, Frommer′s Portable Australia′s Great Barrier Reef, page 207,
      They find the best offerings on Travelocity. For very little cha-ching.
    • 2011, Sylvie Hogg, Frommer′s Italian Islands, unnumbered page,
      [] but the majority of hotels see guests′ phone calls as a major cha-ching opportunity and charge ridiculously inflated rates.

Verb[edit]

cha-ching

  1. To make a cash register or slot machine noise.
    • 2011, Catherine Coulter, Split Second, unnumbered page,
      The young guy bought the woman a refill of the same fine chardonnay that made her dad′s cash register cha-ching with pleasure.
  2. To make the noise of coins falling.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "biography of Seth Green" on IMDB
  2. ^ 2005, Johnny Acton, The Ideas Companion: Crafty Copyrights, Tricky Trademarks and Peerless Patents, page 138.