In budgetary terms, it was a pittance: 0.1 percent of the CDC's $2.2 billion allocation.
Fire officers appreciate that the amount of burning witnessed in recent years is a pittance compared to what is required.
These immigrants are often employed illegally (but also legally) for a pittance, working in factories or as fruit pickers.
c.1200, "pious donation to a religious house or order to provide extra food; the extra food provided," also "a small portion, scanty rations," from Old French pitance "pity, mercy, compassion; refreshment, nourishment; portion of food allowed a monk or poor person by a pious bequest," apparently literally "pity," from pitié (see pity). Meaning "small amount, portion" first recorded 1560s.