- Money, especially in the form of paper currency or coins, which is in hand or readily available for use.
1904, David Graham Phillips, chapter 19, in The Cost:
- "Promises, especially from Joe Larkin, will go a long way, though they don't rouse the white hot enthusiasm that cold cash in the pocket does."
1917, William MacLeod Raine, chapter 5, in The Yukon Trail:
- "I wouldn't cross that rock wall for a hundred thousand dollars in cold cash."
- 2000 Oct. 15, Matthew Miller, "The Big Federal Freeze," New York Times (retrieved 16 July 2013):
- [H]ighways, dams and research laboratories have lost their primacy; cold cash—for pensions, doctors and hospitals—has taken over.
- 2005 Dec. 12, Jyoti Thottham, "War on the Water Front," Time:
- Maine has only 1.3 million people but at least 25 trillion gallons of drinkable water in its lakes and aquifers. Wilfong, a former state legislator, wants to turn that resource into cold cash.
- Often used with the extra connotation that, at least in the current situation, money in this form is preferable to other kinds of wealth.
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