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subsistence allowance

noun
1.
money given in advance to a new soldier, employee, etc., to buy food, clothing, and pay for other necessities while awaiting a first pay.
2.
money paid a worker in addition to salary to cover expenses that may be incurred in the performance of the job.
3.
money paid to members of the armed forces in lieu of meals; an allowance for food.
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British Dictionary definitions for subsistence-allowance

subsistence allowance

noun (mainly Brit)
1.
an advance paid to an employee before his pay begins
2.
a payment to an employee to reimburse expenses, as while on assignments
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