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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
Historical Examples
  • I would have given all my pocket-money to two of them to start another steeplechase that moment over the beds.

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
  • What on earth has he to do with when you get your pocket-money?

  • We spoke on their behalf when they wanted clothes or pocket-money.

    Six to Sixteen Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • They had had a long argument with Ambrosch about Antonia's allowance for clothes and pocket-money.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • The child was wont to distribute his pocket-money in alms, and he went regularly to the matin office sung shortly after midnight.

  • I have plenty of pocket-money, and drive my ponies just where I please.

  • For the first few months of her married life, she had no pocket-money at all.

    The Beth Book Sarah Grand
  • She gave me pocket-money, promising to send me some every month with Lorand's.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • The sixteen boys receive free education, and board, pocket-money, and a present of 10 when their voices break.

    The Boy's Voice J. Spencer Curwen
  • Handy little bit of pocket-money for them in these days when the war is over.

    The Ocean Cat's Paw George Manville Fenn
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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