- money for small, current expenses.
Origin of pocket money
Examples from the Web for pocket money
After a time, however, he allowed his nephew six francs a month a pocket-money.The Fat and the Thin
I have plenty of pocket-money, and drive my ponies just where I please.The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals
Ann S. Stephens
She gave me pocket-money, promising to send me some every month with Lorand's.Debts of Honor
It must have cost him half his pocket-money to get them smuggled in to her.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
What on earth has he to do with when you get your pocket-money?The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's
Talbot Baines Reed
- British a small weekly sum of money given to children by parents as an allowance
- money for day-to-day spending, incidental expenses, etc
Idioms and Phrases with pocket money
Also, spending money. Cash for incidental or minor expenses, as in They don't believe in giving the children pocket money without asking them to do chores, or Can I borrow a dollar? I'm out of all my spending money. The first term, dating from the early 1600s, alludes to keeping small sums in one's pocket; the second alludes to money that may be spent (as opposed to saved) and dates from the late 1500s.