piggy bank


Definition of piggy bank

: a coin bank often in the shape of a pig

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Our kids will grow up without ceramic piggy banks, gifts from the Tooth Fairy, and birthday cards from Grandma with a few bills slipped in. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019 Another idea relates to the financial structure of American capitalism, which currently seems to create incentives for businesses to operate as piggy banks that flush out cash to shareholders rather than investing in workers and equipment. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The big question about today’s economy — are wages going to start growing?," 23 Aug. 2018 Favored access to the governmental piggy bank is no small thing, and collaborating in a sham process that keeps the military in power is a small price to pay. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Pakistan’s Deep State Seeks a New Patron," 30 July 2018 As noted in a previous column, that leaves Amazon as the most interesting potential buyer—or perhaps Jeff Bezos from his personal piggy bank. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "CBS and the Function of Severance," 11 Sep. 2018 Johnson also pointed to the drawbacks of treating Social Security as a piggy bank to be raided for any number of purposes. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "The Republican plan for family leave would destroy your Social Security benefits," 23 Apr. 2018 North Korean piggy bank | Kim Jong Un’s sudden enthusiasm for talks on his nuclear program coincided with a sharp drop in his nation’s foreign currency reserves. Robert Hutton, Bloomberg.com, "A Hunt for Evidence Tying Russia to Nerve Gas Attack," 8 Mar. 2018 So, tonight under the president's leadership, America is putting them on notice and will no longer be the world's piggy bank and our allies must pay their fair share. Fox News, "Steve Bannon on NATO: Trump is saying 'no more games'," 12 July 2018 On his desk is a green plastic piggy bank with some coins inside. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "Outspoken North Korean defectors allow themselves to wonder: Could they really go home again?," 10 June 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of piggy bank

: a container that is often shaped like a pig with a narrow opening in the top and that is used for saving coins

piggy bank

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Kids Definition of piggy bank

: a container for keeping coins that is often in the shape of a pig

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