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Monday, April 14, 2008

pin money

\pin money\ , noun;
1.
An allowance of money given by a husband to his wife for private and personal expenditures.
2.
Money for incidental expenses.
3.
A trivial sum.
Quotes:
Women's groups have contended that jobs that usually go to men pay more because of the old-fashioned idea that a man is supporting a family while a woman is merely working for pin money.
-- Juan Williams, "A Question of Fairness", The Atlantic, February-1987
Many young people take jobs in hotels and pubs as a way of earning a bit of pin money, or to top up the student loans and parental hand-outs that see them through the cash-strapped college years
-- Nick Pandya, "Failed to make the grade? You're still wanted", The Guardian, September 7, 2002
A record-smashing fine sounds tough, but it's pin money for Credit Suisse.
-- Nick Cohen, "Life in a bubble bath", The Observer, December 22, 2002
Origin:
Pin money originally referred to money given by husbands to their wives for the specific purpose of buying pins.
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