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Monday, April 14, 2008

Definitions for pin money

  1. An allowance of money given by a husband to his wife for private and personal expenditures.
  2. Money for incidental expenses.
  3. A trivial sum.

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Citations for pin money
Women's groups have contended that jobs that usually go to men pay more because of the old-fashioned idea that a man is supporting a family while a woman is merely working for pin money. Juan Williams, The Atlantic
Many young people take jobs in hotels and pubs as a way of earning a bit of pin money, or to top up the student loans and parental hand-outs that see them through the cash-strapped college years Nick Pandya, The Guardian
Origin of pin money
Pin money originally referred to money given by husbands to their wives for the specific purpose of buying pins.