pocket money


Definition of pocket money

: money for small personal expenses

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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 In the anticorruption commission’s first case in December, prosecutors accused five former legislators of pocketing money from a special development fund that deputies can tap to spend in their districts. Jeff Ernst, BostonGlobe.com, "In corruption battle in Honduras, elites hit back," 1 July 2018 When Cindy still lived here, she and Henríquez sold smoothies and soda to the fans, enough for pocket money. Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, "The story behind the girl in the recording who begs for her aunt after being separated from her migrant mother," 21 June 2018 Most people his age are facing the impending debt of £27,000 in university tuition fees but Foden could pay off a degree in a week and still have some pocket money spare. SI.com, "Report: Man City Rising Star Phil Foden Set to Sign Huge Contract When He Turns 18," 27 Feb. 2018 The employee, Ryan Krupar, 40, is suspected of creating imaginary returns and pocketing money from them, police said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis employee cited after stealing $1,300 from video store," 16 May 2018

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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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