I'm unable to extract out the clear meaning of the following sentence:

"Do you have any money on you?"

I would like an elaboration on the overall meaning of the sentence in regard to use of preposition on before you.

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    That sentence means "Do you have any money on your person?" Or, more generally, "Do you have any money with you?" (It's referring to having cash with you, not credit cards or a cheque book or access to funds electronically.) – nnnnnn Jun 1 '16 at 6:19
  • Understood @nnnnnn – user34555 Jun 1 '16 at 6:33
  • It's an interesting one - didn't realise until checking up in response to the question that it's a relatively recent usage - most uses of 'on' in the OED have refs that go right back to Old English and identify Germanic roots. The earliest recorded use for this though is 1907 (from a Joseph Conrad novel) – PerryW Jun 1 '16 at 6:42
  • @nnnnnn You should write an answer. – user3169 Jun 1 '16 at 20:57

"on you" in this sense means in your personal possession at that point, so this would typically mean in your pockets, wallet, purse etc.

Do you have any money on you?

Yea, I've got $20 in my wallet

This would be a typical use.

Money or other items not in personal possession (carried around with you) would generally not be "on you"

Do you have you cellphone on you?

No, I left it in my car

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