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pocket money

money for small, current expenses.
Origin of pocket money
1625-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for pocket money
  • He was running short of food, with not even enough pocket money to buy local bananas.
  • My kids now look through these each time they have pocket money to spend.
  • Not pocket money, but the sort of success-to-cash ratio that is certainly to be attracting the military.
  • They were buying the cheap-o players that cost pocket money.
  • They are highly illiquid markets, so manipulating could be done with relatively little effort and a bit of pocket money.
  • Go to your bank to get travelers checks or pocket money in the currency of your destination.
  • Beginning in seventh grade, in exchange for pocket money and shooting lessons, he started working weekends at the range.
  • Karla maintained family finances, giving him pocket money.
  • Part-time trapping is a fine way to make some pocket money while enjoying the outdoors.
  • The out-of-pocket money is reimbursed to you from your account.
British Dictionary definitions for pocket money

pocket money

(Brit) a small weekly sum of money given to children by parents as an allowance
money for day-to-day spending, incidental expenses, etc
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Idioms and Phrases with pocket money

pocket money

Also, spending money. Cash for incidental or minor expenses, as in They don't believe in giving the children pocket money without asking them to do chores, or Can I borrow a dollar? I'm out of all my spending money. The first term, dating from the early 1600s, alludes to keeping small sums in one's pocket; the second alludes to money that may be spent (as opposed to saved) and dates from the late 1500s.
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