spending money


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She earned spending money at an after-school job.
Recent Examples on the Web If people aren't going to work, that has a knock-on effect: Working from home means people don't spend money on train tickets, gas, lunches or dry cleaning. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "The economy can't recover until parents have child care again," 2 May 2020 And in smaller campaigns that wouldn’t often spend money on pre-roll ads on Hulu or YouTube, the surge in online viewership as more voters are confined to their homes made these digital ads worth the spend. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Look to Wisconsin for Lessons on a Digital Campaign During a Pandemic," 14 Apr. 2020 With retail stores closed and people wary of spending money in a deeply uncertain economy, companies are scrambling to enhance relationships with customers with all the tools at their disposal—and go beyond emails and websites. Ann-marie Alcántara, WSJ, "Texting Customers Is No Longer Taboo When Everyone Is Stuck at Home," 27 Apr. 2020 But places like Johnson City, Tenn., Barstow, Calif., and Akutan, Alaska, have also specified the pandemic as reasons for spending money lobbying Congress. Philip Elliott, Time, "'There Are Going to Be Layoffs.' State and Local Governments Brace for Cuts as Budget Crisis Looms," 23 Apr. 2020 These latter, as citizens and workers, not only fall short of their full productivity, but have to spend money on drugs and medical assistance to keep at work. The Economist, "From the archives The Economics of Health (1918)," 18 Apr. 2020 At the very least, a competitive Texas will force Republicans to spend money in defense of their base, instead of carrying the fight exclusively to the Great Lakes battlegrounds. John A. Farrell, The New Republic, "TNR Newsletters. Must reads. 5 days a week.," 16 Apr. 2020 The organization won the case, with the court striking down a law restricting corporations from spending money in connection with federal elections. Fox News, "Citizens United calls on FEC to close 'loophole' after Bloomberg sends $18M to DNC," 9 Apr. 2020 In the first case, that might be someone spending money on a fancy car rather than giving it to charity. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "The exodus of the wealthy from cities reveals the problems with individualism," 1 Apr. 2020

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2020

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“Spending money.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spending%20money. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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: extra money that you can spend on whatever you want

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