see the color of (one's) money

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see the color of (one's) money

To view the money that one will pay with in order to verify that they have it. Sure I trust you—but I still want to see the color of your money so I know you're good for it.
See also: color, money, of, see

see the color of someone's money

Fig. to verify that someone has money or has enough money. So, you want to make a bet? Not until I see the color of your money. I want to see the color of your money before we go any further with this business deal.
See also: color, money, of, see

color of someone's money, see the

Prove that you can pay, as in Before we talk any more about this car, let's see the color of your money. This term probably originated in gambling or betting. [Slang; early 1900s]
See also: color, of, see

the colour of someone's money

If you want to see the colour of someone's money, you want proof that they can pay for something, usually because you doubt that they are able to. Note: `Colour' is spelled `color' in American English. Then he ordered another drink and I said to him: `Let's see the colour of your money.' I thought he wouldn't have any. He made a mental note never to enter into conversation with a customer until he'd at least seen the colour of his money.
See also: colour, money, of

see the colour of someone's money

receive some evidence of forthcoming payment from a person.
See also: colour, money, of, see

see the ˌcolour of somebody’s ˈmoney

(British English) (American English see the ˌcolor of somebody’s ˈmoney) (informal) make sure that somebody has enough money to pay you, especially if you think they might not have it: I want to see the colour of his money before I start doing such a dangerous job for him.
See also: colour, money, of, see