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petty cash

noun
1.
a cash fund for paying small charges, as for minor office supplies or deliveries.
Origin of petty cash
1825-1835
1825-35
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  • A certain amount of ill luck fell to every man, and he would trust to his excellent handicraft in the petty-cash book.

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  • But what puzzles me is, what is to become of the petty-cash?

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  • Louis re-entered the room, and as he did so Horrocleave shut the petty-cash book with an abrupt gesture.

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  • He began to feel that he could rely pretty strongly on the cleverness of the petty-cash book.

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  • All that day the sense of the coming ordeal haunted me, and even the custody of the petty-cash could not wholly divert my mind.

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  • The petty-cash book and box were first delivered over, and without examination consigned to the safe.

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  • And there was Louis staring like a fool at the open page of the petty-cash book, incriminating himself every instant.

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  • But then he had always been jealous of Hawkesbury since giving up the petty-cash to his charge.

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  • Whereat I rejoiced exceedingly, and, locking-up my desk, thought the keeping of the petty-cash was ridiculously simple work.

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  • He owed seventy-three pounds to the petty-cash box, and he was startled and shocked.

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British Dictionary definitions for petty-cash

petty cash

noun
1.
a small cash fund kept on a firm's premises for the payment of minor incidental expenses
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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