pocket money

noun

: money for small personal expenses

Examples of pocket money in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But middle-class parents could also afford to pay a few bucks to the kid down the block, who—as companies were marketing products, more and more, to youths—now had a reason to want pocket money. Faith Hill, The Atlantic, 19 Mar. 2024 The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 The maker of a protein bar, however, is hoping that the lure of some pocket money might keep those resolutions on track. Chris Morris, Fortune, 2 Jan. 2024 Drake was born into an affluent family flanked by servants and with generous pocket money. Lily Moayeri, SPIN, 18 Dec. 2023 Irwin described his childhood as sunny and uneventful, marked by ordinary kid things like working after school selling the weekly magazine Liberty door-to-door, washing dishes in neighborhood coffee shops or ushering at movie theaters to make a bit of pocket money. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2023 Online resellers are no longer just super-enthusiasts or young shoppers who want some pocket money. Carly Olson, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2023 The idea of a powerful lifeguard union might seem at odds with the place that the job holds in the public imagination: a quaint image of teenagers in swimsuits working for pocket money and time off to surf. Dana Rubinstein Calla Kessler, New York Times, 27 May 2023 About half of them, including Thompson, receive a monthly stipend of $750 as pocket money with no strings attached. Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pocket money was in 1625

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“Pocket money.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pocket%20money. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

pocket money

noun
: money for small personal expenses

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