cash on the barrelhead

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cash on the barrelhead

Payment at the time of service or purchase (as opposed to payment via credit). Well, I guess I'm not replacing my couch right now because the furniture store requires cash on the barrelhead. I'll have to come back after my next paycheck.
See also: barrelhead, cash, on

cash on the barrelhead

 and cash on the line
Rur. cash at the time of purchase. Jonson's store doesn't give credit. Everything is cash on the barrelhead. They offered me fifty thousand dollars cash on the line for Aunt Nancy's old house.
See also: barrelhead, cash, on

cash on the barrelhead

Immediate payment, as in They won't extend credit; it's cash on the barrelhead or no sale. The lexicographer Charles Earle Funk surmised that this term originated in the days when upended barrels served as both seats and tables in bars, and customers were required to pay for their drinks immediately, literally putting their money on the top (head) of a barrel.
See also: barrelhead, cash, on

barrel

1. tv. & in. to drink liquor to excess. Stop barreling beer and let’s go home.
2. n. a drunkard. The old barrel was full up and through for the evening.
3. in. to go fast; to speed while driving. She barreled out of here like a bat out of hell.

cash on the barrelhead

Immediate payment: You must pay cash on the barrelhead; we don't offer credit.
See also: barrelhead, cash, on