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spending money

money for small personal expenses.
Origin of spending money
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for spending money
  • spending money on bandages to the problem is not a logical solution.
  • So giving them jobs by spending money on the things they make isn't helping them at all.
  • There is no point spending money on something that is imaginary.
  • It involves spending money for absolutely no benefit.
  • Doesn't mean you should stop spending money on finding out more about how our wonderful universe is put together.
  • What would really justify spending money on is an energy monitor for heating and cooling.
  • Fund raising is under way to raise additional money for clothing, personal spending money, and return airfare.
  • He is familiar with one group drawn to the services: poor graduate students seeking spending money.
  • spending money you do not have does not make this a civilized country it makes you broke.
  • He uses his teaching fee as spending money, he says.
British Dictionary definitions for spending money

spending money

an allowance for small personal expenses; pocket money
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for spending money

spell out

verb phrase
  1. To explain; define: a commission of distinguished citizens to spell out the difference between right and wrong (1707+)
  2. To explain very patiently in great detail: Are you a schoolboy I have to spell out everything for you? (1940+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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