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spending money

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noun
  1. money for small personal expenses.
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Origin of spending money

First recorded in 1590–1600
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Historical Examples of spending money

  • This gave a new employment to women and children at home and some spending-money.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

    Alice Morse Earle

  • At first glance you wouldn't have taken Smith for a perambulating national bank, with a wheelbarrow of spending-money every month.

    At Good Old Siwash

    George Fitch

  • To allow of (in best recent usage, simply to allow) such an action; allow one in such a course; allow for spending-money.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms

    James Champlin Fernald

  • And I might have added, "How could I, when my allowance for spending-money is hardly sufficient to keep me in slate-pencils?"

    Witch Winnie

    Elizabeth W. Champney

  • He posed as being very deutschfreundlich, and his good cigars and quantities of spending-money got him lots of information.

    Germany in War Time

    Mary Ethel McAuley


British Dictionary definitions for spending money

spending money

noun
  1. an allowance for small personal expenses; pocket money
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