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pin money

noun
1.
any small sum set aside for nonessential minor expenditures.
2.
(formerly) an allowance of money given by a husband to his wife for her personal expenditures.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45
Related forms
pin-money, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pin money

pin money

noun
1.
an allowance by a husband to his wife for personal expenditure
2.
money saved or earned to be used for incidental expenses
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pin money

Small amounts of money for incidental expenses, as in Grandma usually gives the children some pin money whenever she visits. This expression originally signified money given by a husband to his wife for small personal expenditures such as pins, which were very costly items in centuries past. A will recorded at York in 1542 listed a bequest: “I give my said daughter Margarett my lease of the parsonage . . . to buy her pins.” [ Early 1500s ]
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