petty cash


Definition of petty cash

: cash kept on hand for payment of minor items

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Recent Examples on the Web Kilpatrick's staff has defended her handling of the petty cash fund. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Kilpatrick stocks city payroll with friends, kin," 30 May 2020 Theft: Highland Road An employee of Omni Systems reported Jan. 3 that $950 in petty cash had been stolen from a safe in the office. cleveland, "Woman trashes apartment after not receiving cheesy bread: Richmond Heights Police Blotter," 13 Jan. 2020 Theft, Oak Tree Boulevard An employee at a business reported a wallet with $154 missing from petty cash at 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Hotel guest puts on striptease show for police during arrest: Independence Police Blotter," 4 Jan. 2020 Microsoft’s $1 billion investment into OpenAI is merely petty cash compared to what the high-profile artificial intelligence research group believes will be necessary to further the field. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "OpenAI Will Need More Capital Than Any Non-Profit Has Ever Raised," 3 Oct. 2019 The case goes back to 2014 when Nisley asked the state to investigate a pair of small loans made the year before by Wasco County Finance Director Monica Morris to an intern using money from the county’s petty cash fund. oregonlive, "Oregon DA suspended for 60 days for lying to investigators," 14 Dec. 2019 Though Ripper’s budget was in the millions, the production office was oddly low on petty cash. Wired, "Ripper—The Inside Story of the Egregiously Bad Videogame," 9 Oct. 2019 The director told Thurman that, when a ward left the facility or died, the facility would issue a check to Fierle for any overpayments or petty cash the facility was holding for the wards to use. Monivette Cordeiro,, "Ex-guardian Rebecca Fierle charged Altamonte Springs facility $100K, illegally pocketed refunds, investigation finds," 17 Sep. 2019 However, both their salaries combined couldn’t fill Saban’s petty cash drawer. Eric Scott,, "Column: Spending sprees stray from colleges’ true missions," 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of petty cash

1715, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of petty cash was in 1715

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10 Jun 2020

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“Petty cash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of petty cash

: a small amount of money that is kept in an office in order to pay for small items

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