pocket money


Definition of pocket money

: money for small personal expenses

Examples of pocket money in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His father was a doctor who had his own clinic on the island of Shikoku, which meant that Q never wanted for pocket money. Haruki Murakami, The New Yorker, "The Kingdom That Failed," 13 Aug. 2020 Benson said that Buncich made a conscious decision to pocket money in exchange for towing contracts. Michelle L. Quinn, chicagotribune.com, "Former Lake County Sheriff John Buncich resentenced to more than 12 years in prison; COVID-19 petition fails," 5 Aug. 2020 Boys with pocket money are a marketing demographic, and early on, gaming companies like Nintendo targeted them. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning," 26 June 2020 Foot traffic in Columbia is still minimal, with many preferring to either stay indoors or save their pocket money for essential spending during what could be the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "Many Small Businesses Are Reopening. But the Customers Aren’t Necessarily Showing Up," 12 May 2020 You might be tempted to pick up the tab at a restaurant, donate to someone's cause or otherwise spend your pocket money. oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 9, 2020: Pisces, lend solid support; Libra, sympathy leads to romance," 9 Apr. 2020 The growth of digital banking has affected how parents doll out pocket money, with one in three parents in the United Kingdom doing it digitally, according to a recent report by the financial comparison website Money.co.uk. Nell Lewis, CNN, "Forget piggy banks. Kids are using mobile apps for pocket money," 16 Dec. 2019 Kids were also quick to spend their pocket money on less expensive rewards like books and magazines, presents and candy, according to RoosterMoney. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Average kid's allowance? Almost $10 a week, or $500 a year," 20 Jan. 2020 Set to join the pocket money market is the digital bank Revolut, with its upcoming launch of Revolut Youth for seven to 18-year-olds. Nell Lewis, CNN, "Forget piggy banks. Kids are using mobile apps for pocket money," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of pocket money

1625, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pocket money was in 1625

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26 Aug 2020

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“Pocket money.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pocket%20money. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pocket money

: a small amount of extra money
British : money that is regularly given to children by their parents : money that children are given as an allowance

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