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pocket money

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noun
  1. money for small, current expenses.
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Origin of pocket money

First recorded in 1625–35
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Related Words

allowancechange

Examples from the Web for pocket money

Historical Examples

  • After a time, however, he allowed his nephew six francs a month a pocket-money.

    The Fat and the Thin

    Emile Zola

  • I have plenty of pocket-money, and drive my ponies just where I please.

  • She gave me pocket-money, promising to send me some every month with Lorand's.

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai

  • It must have cost him half his pocket-money to get them smuggled in to her.

  • What on earth has he to do with when you get your pocket-money?


British Dictionary definitions for pocket money

pocket money

noun
  1. British a small weekly sum of money given to children by parents as an allowance
  2. money for day-to-day spending, incidental expenses, etc
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Idioms and Phrases with pocket money

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.

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