Cash on the nail

Posted: September 18, 2010 in My Phrases

Meaning :- Payment made immediately.

‘Cash on the nail’ (or ‘pay on the nail’) is an extension of the earlier phrase – ‘on the nail’, meaning immediate payment; without delay. This expression is first recorded in English in Thomas Nashe’s Haue with you to Saffron-Walden, 1596

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