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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.
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on the barrelhead

Issued immediately at the time of service or purchase. Said of a payment, typically preceded by "money" or "cash." There's no point beginning the project now if we don't have money on the barrelhead for it. 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.
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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.
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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.
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on the barrelhead

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on the barrel

AMERICAN
If you pay cash on the barrelhead or on the barrel, you pay for something immediately and in cash. Customers usually pay cash on the barrelhead, so bad debts aren't much of a problem. Note: The most likely explanation for this expression comes from the days when people first started living in the American West. Saloons (= places where you could buy and drink alcohol) often consisted of just a room with a barrel (= wooden container) of drink in it, and customers who wanted to drink had to put their money on the top of the barrel before being served. Note: The usual British expression for this is on the nail.
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ˌcash on the ˈbarrelhead

(American English) if you pay for something cash on the barrelhead, you pay in full at the time when you buy it: If I give you cash on the barrelhead, can I get a discount?
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cash on the barrelhead

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