Green’s Dictionary of Slang

dosh n.

also dush
[? doss n.1 (1) (note in UK dial. dosh is synon. for doss); thus, by ext., the money needed for accommodation; the term appeared in US c.1850, then vanished, to re-emerge in the UK in the 1950s]

(orig. US) money.

[US]Boston Satirist (MA) 17 Mar. n.p.: ‘If you have the dosh, you can come in’.
[US]Life in Boston & N.Y. (Boston, MA) 27 Apr. n.p.: ‘Twenty dollars to boot for a gold watch isn’t much.’ ‘That’s a mighty sight of dosh’.
[US]F. St. Clair Six Days in the Metropolis 16: I mean for you to fork over to me twenty-five dollars as my share of the dosh you got of that flat.
[US]W.H. Thomes Bushrangers 99: ‘She is very beautiful,’ I replied, in an evasive tone. The Pet looked reflective for a few moments. ‘You know, lad [...] that the cove what raises his eyes to the lass must possess the dosh to take care of her.’ [Ibid.] 292: I must have more dosh. I vant enough to last me through life.
[UK]A. Buckeridge Jennings Follows a Clue (1967) 143: I’m a bit short of dosh – er – money.
[UK]P. Theroux Family Arsenal 27: I don’t care how much dush you snatch [...] I get mine.
[UK]A. Payne ‘Minder on the Orient Express’ Minder [TV script] 117: Dear oh dear. Am I to take it that you’re a bit short of dosh.
[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] ‘I don’t have to sell me arse to get dosh’.
[UK]Guardian Sport 2 Oct. 16: I’m thinking major royalties, best-seller and that, sit back and watch the dosh flow in.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 303: No, it’s not bard, like, but a can make more dosh dealin.
[Ire]P. Howard Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 25: All she does is just remind me again how much dosh I owe.
[Aus]L. Redhead Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘Sam came into a whole lot of dosh’.
[Aus](con. 1943) G.S. Manson Coorparoo Blues [ebook] The priest entrusted with the task promptly took off for Rio with the dosh . . . Fucken dills, he laughed.
[Aus]T. Peacock More You Bet 67: ‘Money’ [...] might also be referred to as ‘cash’, or ‘coin’, or ‘oscar’, or ‘moolah’, or ‘notes’, or ‘bills’, or ‘chips’ or ‘brass’, or ‘dosh’, or ‘dough’, or ‘bread’, or ‘biscuits’, or ‘bullets’, or ‘ammunition’.
[Scot]I. Welsh Decent Ride 69: Mind what ah sais aboot makin a wee scud movie [...] Decent dosh.
[UK]J. Meades Empty Wigs (t/s) 135: Satiety is bliss. It takes will, concentration, dedication to achieve it. And buckets of dosh.