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loose change

money in the form of coins suitable for small expenditures
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  • Then, from the loose change that he had in his pocket, he paid the man.

    Meg of Mystery Mountain Grace May North
  • If I provide you with some loose change, will you give me your word not to use it in gambling?

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • The young man reached in his pocket and brought forth a handful of crumpled bills and loose change.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • This human fiend undertook to secure their "loose change," as he called it.

    The Twin Hells John N. Reynolds
  • Bets could be made in thousands, and covered; on the other hand, loose change would buy an evening.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • When a roughneck does something for you, it's proper to hand him some of your loose change.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
Slang definitions & phrases for loose change

loose change

noun phrase

Money at hand and to spare; available money: I wanted to help, but didn't have any loose change (1827+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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