from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plastic card having a magnetic strip, issued by a bank or business authorizing the holder to buy goods or services on credit. Also called charge card.

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  • n. A plastic card, with a magnetic strip or an embedded microchip, connected to a credit account and used to buy goods or services. It's like a debit card, but money comes not from your personal bank account, but the bank lends money for the purchase based on the credit limit. Credit limit is determined by the income and credit history. Bank charge APR (annual percentage rate) for using of money.

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  • n. a card (usually plastic) that assures a seller that the person using it has a satisfactory credit rating and that the issuer will see to it that the seller receives payment for the merchandise delivered


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  • It had an all-IBM network of computers for the on-line interbranch deposit system, ATM system, and VISA/MasterCard credit card systems.

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  • Chargegard—overpriced credit life and credit disability insurance on credit card accounts.


  • Circle the amount of the charged item to differentiate the charge from a purchase by check and enter “C.C.” in the check-number box to indicate a credit card charge.


  • Somewhere in my early twenties, I stopped burning up my credit card at the mall and started scouring vintage boutiques and T.J. Maxx for bargains.

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  • He had been born Chester Quincy Deedes: that was the name on his birth certificate and his criminal record, a record that consisted mainly of minor credit card and insurance fraud, peripheral involvement in a pension scam, and a couple of DUIs.

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  • Grace Peltier's credit card statement revealed nothing out of the ordinary, while the telephone records indicated calls to Marcy Becker at her parents' motel, a private number in Boston which was now disconnected but which I assumed to be Ali Wynn's, and repeated calls to the Fellowship's office in Waterville.

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  • The man identified by the CIA as “Saleh Almari, a sleeper operative in New York” whom KSM gave up to his interrogators was in fact Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, who had been arrested on December 12, 2001, in Peoria, Illinois, a year and a half before KSM was captured, and was by then already imprisoned in a New York jail awaiting trial on credit card fraud charges.

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  • The debit card is a plastic check that has the universal acceptance of a credit card but no end-of-the-month bill.


  • A family, if they get over-extended and their credit card is too high, they don't just stop paying their bills, he said.

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  • I took with me my mother's cash card and her phone card and all her available money, and my own new credit card and cheques, and also a zipped bag containing the things I'd borrowed ten days earlier from Emily - helmet, padded jacket, jodhpur boots - that my mother hadn't yet returned to her.

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  • "Whether your credit card is stolen, borrowed or forged, you still have to follow some guidelines to get away without any hassle. Know the store's checking method before you pass the hot card. Most stores have a fifty-dollar limit where they only call upstairs on items costing fifty dollars or more. In some stores it's less. Some places have a Regiscope system that takes your picture with each purchase. You should always carry at least one piece of back-up identification to use with the phony card as the clerk might get suspicious if you don't have any other ID. They can check out a "hot list" that the credit card companies send out monthly, so if you're uptight about anything watch the clerk's movements at all times. If things get tight, just split real quick. Often, even if a clerk or boss thinks it's a phony, they'll OK the sale anyway since the credit card companies make good to the stores on all purchases; legit or otherwise. Similarly, the insurance companies make good to the credit companies and so on until you get to a little group of hard working elves in the basement of the U.S. Mint who do nothing but print free money and lie to everybody about there being tons of gold at Fort Knox to back up their own little forging operation."
    - Abbie Hoffman, 'Steal This Book', 1971.

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  • "A laminated loan shark."
    - Andrew Waterfield.

    September 9, 2008