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widow's mite

noun
  1. a small contribution given cheerfully by one who can ill afford it. Mark 12:41–44.
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Origin of widow's mite

First recorded in 1585–95
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British Dictionary definitions for widow's mite

widow's mite

noun
  1. a small contribution given by a person who has very little
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Word Origin for widow's mite

allusion to Mark 12:43
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