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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 of pin money
1535-1545
1535-45
Related forms
pin-money, adjective
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  • Now, usually, when she wanted any pin money, she had to Pry it out of him.

    More Fables George Ade
  • How much of your pin money goes each month to charity already?

  • “Enough to keep him in pin money for some time,” replied Lefty, still skeptical.

    Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager Burt L. Standish
  • You have five hundred dollars pin money to spend as you like; but I have no pin money.

    Married August Strindberg
  • With this assurance, you can afford to use the present check as pin money.

    Where the Path Breaks Charles de Crspigny
  • I had also, in my purse, 100 scudi in gold, which I had saved from my pin money.

  • Many a farmer's wife finds her poultry flock a never-failing source of pin money.

  • But it was possible, for a thousand dollars was only pin money to the millions which Mrs. Van Verity Vanness controlled.

  • And the chance of having to beg for your carfare and pin money.

    The Widow Helen Rowland
  • Every time her husband handed over her allowance of pin money, she put at least half of it in her "strong box."

    Idle Hour Stories Eugenia Dunlap Potts
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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Idioms and Phrases with pin money

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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