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Examples of pittance in a Sentence
the internship offers only a pittance for a salary, but it is a great opportunity to gain experience
Recent Examples of pittance from the Web
Mo'Nique has called for a boycott of Netflix after revealing that the video streaming service had offered her pittance for a comedy special, compared to her peers like Chris Rock, Dave Chapelle and Amy Schumer.
In exchange, Durbin-Graham offered no meaningful changes on chain migration, a repurposing rather than a real end to the visa lottery, and a pittance at the border.
Paychecks soon will reflect lower tax withholding, and the Democrats want to underscore their message that average working people are getting a pittance compared to the windfall for corporations and wealthy individuals.
People's dividends were just left in reserves, earning a pittance.
Those two players will make just under $22 million combined in 2018, a pittance in today’s market, yet Pittsburgh decided that was a financial bridge too far.
Though an improvement on previous years, that is a pittance next to the cost of university tuition or the large and growing wage differential between professional-level jobs and the rest.
But the first-in first-out provision would yield about $2.7 billion over 10 years, which is a pittance; the child tax credit expansion would cost $584 billion.
Caught holding a pittance of pot, Leary was convicted on possession charges, and a harsh judge imposed a long prison term.
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Did You Know?
It's a pity when you haven't anything but a pittance. And in fact, "pity" and "pittance" share etymological roots. The Middle English word pittance came from Anglo-French pitance, meaning "pity" or "piety." Originally, a "pittance" was a gift or bequest to a religious community, or a small charitable gift. Ultimately, the word comes from the Latin pietas, meaning "piety" or "compassion." Our words "pity" and "piety" come from "pietas" as well.
Origin and Etymology of pittance
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