pocket money


Definition of pocket money 

: money for small personal expenses

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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 The film’s challenging, somewhat flawed second half transforms Charley from working-class kid with a father, a semi-stable life and some pocket money to a young man on the edge of the abyss. Michael Phillips, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Lean on Pete’ is powerful and devastating," 20 Apr. 2018 Skip entry-level service jobs in favor of entrepreneurship: Many children need part-time or summer jobs to pay for college, contribute to their family’s financial well-being or get a little pocket money. Alexandra Samuel, WSJ, "How You Can Raise Robot-Proof Children," 26 Apr. 2018 The film’s challenging, somewhat flawed second half transforms Charley from working-class kid with a father, a semi-stable life and some pocket money to a young man, on the edge of the abyss. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Lean on Pete' review: A horse story of a different, darker color," 12 Apr. 2018 For those wanting to get some extra pocket money, try biking to work and get paid to do it. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Ride a bike to work? You get paid $5 to do it in New Zealand.," 9 Mar. 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

: money that is regularly given to children by their parents : money that children are given as an allowance

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