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.
In other words, overtime amounts to only pittance of the overall pay — about $6.50 a week on top of wages of $1,000 a week.
These immigrants are often employed illegally (but also legally) for a pittance, working in factories or as fruit pickers.
On Christmas Eve 17 years ago, two sisters stole a pittance—and got a life sentence.
The thought of going back to a pittance a year sickened him.
"You'll go on here to the end of your days, working for a pittance," he objected.
Neglecting all other affairs, he was content to live on a pittance, which he was enabled to do by a frugal and helpful wife.
How could you do it with that pittance of an allowance of yours?
Their only food was a pittance of Indian corn, crushed between two stones and mixed with water.
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.