- a cash fund for paying small charges, as for minor office supplies or deliveries.
Origin of petty cash
First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for petty cash
But what puzzles me is, what is to become of the petty-cash?My Friend Smith
Talbot Baines Reed
He began to feel that he could rely pretty strongly on the cleverness of the petty-cash book.
A certain amount of ill luck fell to every man, and he would trust to his excellent handicraft in the petty-cash book.
And there was Louis staring like a fool at the open page of the petty-cash book, incriminating himself every instant.
Louis re-entered the room, and as he did so Horrocleave shut the petty-cash book with an abrupt gesture.
- a small cash fund kept on a firm's premises for the payment of minor incidental expenses
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