pin money

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noun
  1. any small sum set aside for nonessential minor expenditures.
  2. (formerly) an allowance of money given by a husband to his wife for her personal expenditures.

Origin of pin money

First recorded in 1535–45
Related formspin-mon·ey, adjective
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Related Words for pin money

change, pittance

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British Dictionary definitions for pin money

pin money

noun
  1. an allowance by a husband to his wife for personal expenditure
  2. money saved or earned to be used for incidental expenses
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Idioms and Phrases with pin money

pin money

Small amounts of money for incidental expenses, as in Grandma usually gives the children some pin money whenever she visits. This expression originally signified money given by a husband to his wife for small personal expenditures such as pins, which were very costly items in centuries past. A will recorded at York in 1542 listed a bequest: “I give my said daughter Margarett my lease of the parsonage . . . to buy her pins.” [Early 1500s]

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