cashectomy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

cash +‎ -ectomy

Noun[edit]

cashectomy (plural cashectomies)

  1. (slang, humorous) The removal of all of a person's money, usually by voluntary means.
    • 1970 December 22, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Episode Twenty-six
      We've every facility here for dealing with people who are rich. We can deal with a blocked purse, we can drain private accounts and in the worst cases we can perform a total cashectomy, which is total removal of all moneys from the patient.
    • 1984, Jeff Slutsky & Woody Woodruff, Streetfighting[1], ISBN 0138515506, page 154:
      Their first obligation is to sell you — to perform a cashectomy.
    • 2009, January 12, “David Carr”, in Let’s Invent an iTunes for News[2]:
      If print wants to perform a cashectomy on users, it should probably look to what happened with music, an industry in which people once paid handsomely for records, then tapes, then CDs, that was overtaken by the expectation that the same product should be free.