mad money


noun Informal.

a small sum of money carried or kept in reserve for minor expenses, emergencies, or impulse purchases.
a small sum of money carried by a woman on a date to enable her to reach home alone in case she and her escort quarrel and separate.

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Origin of mad money

First recorded in 1915–20
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