a small amount or share.
a small allowance or sum, as of money for living expenses.
a scanty income or remuneration.
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How to use pittance in a sentence
Texas lawmakers work part-time, and they are paid a pittance — $7,200 a year plus a $221 per diem when the legislature is in session — so most lawmakers have to have another job to make ends meet.The GOP voting bill that literally caused Texas Democrats to flee the state, explained | Ian Millhiser | July 13, 2021 | Vox
ProPublica has published an article, based on a vast trove of never-before-seen IRS information, that reveals the pittance in taxes the ultrawealthy pay compared with their massive wealth accumulation.You May Be Paying a Higher Tax Rate Than a Billionaire | by Paul Kiel, Jeff Ernsthausen and Jesse Eisinger | June 8, 2021 | ProPublica
Musicians, who could leverage the platform to make far more than the per-stream pittance they get from the Spotifys of the world.
Tech giants that earn billions of dollars in major economies but pay only a relative pittance in taxes are among the biggest targets.Can These Creative Taxes Catch Up With a Changing World? | Nick Fouriezos | January 14, 2021 | Ozy
The low cash price would value their shares and options at a pittance, dashing their expectations of a windfall.Investors Extracted $400 Million From a Hospital Chain That Sometimes Couldn’t Pay for Medical Supplies or Gas for Ambulances | by Peter Elkind with Doris Burke | September 30, 2020 | ProPublica
In other words, overtime amounts to only pittance of the overall pay — about $6.50 a week on top of wages of $1,000 a week.The Administration's Thin Complaints About the Sequester | Megan McArdle | March 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
In budgetary terms, it was a pittance: 0.1 percent of the CDC's $2.2 billion allocation.
Despite powering the country's economic growth, they receive a pittance of the proceeds.Ghosts in the Machine: The Story of China’s Rural Migrants and Their Uncertain Future | Ross Perlin | December 10, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Fire officers appreciate that the amount of burning witnessed in recent years is a pittance compared to what is required.Colorado Blazes Remind Us That National Policy on Fire Needs a Fix | Stephen J. Pyne | June 29, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
These immigrants are often employed illegally (but also legally) for a pittance, working in factories or as fruit pickers.Missing Women Give Clues to Dead Body Found on Queen’s Estate | Charlotte Edwardes | January 4, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Robert is very well in a way, to give up all the money he can earn to the family, and keep the barest pittance for himself.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
What man would even lose the smallest of his joints for such a trifling pittance?The Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, Volume II (of 3) | Elliott Coues
“Rather than vegetate upon her small pittance,” returned the doctor briskly.Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series | Mrs. Henry Wood
It is well known that these are eaten raw: but after so many labours, so various and so rude, the pittance was meagre.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
We deemed death as welcome in one shape as in another, and relinquished our labors and our pittance of food together.
British Dictionary definitions for pittance
a small amount or portion, esp a meagre allowance of money
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