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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
Historical Examples
  • He didn't use her stuff, to speculate with, but cashed it in just before he sailed and took it with him for spending-money.

    The Exiles and Other Stories Richard Harding Davis
  • He posed as being very deutschfreundlich, and his good cigars and quantities of spending-money got him lots of information.

    Germany in War Time Mary Ethel McAuley
  • To allow of (in best recent usage, simply to allow) such an action; allow one in such a course; allow for spending-money.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • He was short of spending-money, and knew how hard it was to get an extra dollar from his parent.

    Dave Porter at Star Ranch Edward Stratemeyer
  • And I might have added, "How could I, when my allowance for spending-money is hardly sufficient to keep me in slate-pencils?"

    Witch Winnie Elizabeth W. Champney
  • This gave a new employment to women and children at home and some spending-money.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • At first glance you wouldn't have taken Smith for a perambulating national bank, with a wheelbarrow of spending-money every month.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • When with his mother it was different; spending-money was to be had while there and in general an easy time.

    Beethoven George Alexander Fischer
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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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