spare change


: a small amount of money that someone does not need
The beggar asked us if we had any spare change.

Examples of spare change in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The man held a coat draped over his head and mumbled about spare change before sitting on a curb nearby. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, 19 May 2024 The suitcase is topped with a swirling vortex that frequently collects spare change. Sarah Linn, Sacramento Bee, 4 May 2024 But part-time workers also include college graduates, mothers and those trying to pick up spare change with Uber or Doordash, at a hardware store, as a fitness coach or whatever. The Arizona Republic, 25 Jan. 2024 Instead, the band was initially disguised along with Fallon as run-of-the-mill subway buskers rocking out for spare change. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2024 In addition to its RFID-blocking capabilities, the foldable wallet provides two ID windows, three slots for credit cards, and one zippered pocket for spare change and other small items like a baggage ticket. Bridget Degnan, Travel + Leisure, 12 Dec. 2023 With kids comes plenty of stuff to lug around, from toys to snacks to a spare change of clothes. Phoebe Sklansky, Travel + Leisure, 10 Aug. 2023 If management declines, the next step is for employees to start their own bathroom collection: a basket of supplies with a jar for donating spare change to restock it. Karla L. Miller, Anchorage Daily News, 15 July 2023 Small sets of keys or spare change do not need to go in the bin. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 14 July 2023

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“Spare change.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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