pocket money


Definition of pocket money

: money for small personal expenses

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Mahmoud went to school but still helps his uncle on Saturdays for pocket money. Rania Abouzeid, National Geographic, "Fleeing Syria, these child refugees become child laborers," 20 June 2019 The owner of a Ferndale estate sale company pleaded guilty Thursday to multiple felony counts for pocketing money that should have went to clients. Dixita Limbachia, Detroit Free Press, "Center Line man accused of bilking estate sale clients pleads guilty," 7 June 2019 But sometimes the promise of a little pocket money doesn’t hurt. Quanta Magazine, "Cash for Math: The Erdős Prizes Live On," 5 June 2017 The almost all-inclusive trip does include select meals, but individuals will need to come with pocket money for when food isn’t covered. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "This Airbnb Adventure Takes You to 18 Different Countries in 80 Days," 18 June 2019 The man who was able to buy the Washington Post for the equivalent of pocket money hasn’t made more political friends outside of New York and Virginia with this subsidy sweepstakes. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Amazon’s Golden Fleecing," 14 Nov. 2018 Salvini boasted that the decree slashed the daily pocket money asylum-seekers receive. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Italy tightens eligibility for migrant protection," 24 Sep. 2018 The news of the exam-rigging at the prominent medical school, part of a larger scandal that also involves suspicions school leaders pocketed money from parents seeking admissions help, has caused a furor in Japan. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "Medical School’s Exam-Rigging Against Women Prompts Furor in Japan," 7 Aug. 2018 The decree also calls for reduced daily pocket money for asylum-seekers. Fox News, "The Latest: Charities call on EU to save migrant rescue ship," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of pocket money

1625, in the meaning defined above

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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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