spending money


Definition of spending money

Examples of spending money in a Sentence

She earned spending money at an after-school job.

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To buy secondhand clothes or vintage in this specific environment and society allows people to spend money on something that has already been worn and gives clothes a chance to be used again, another life. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Francesco Colucci Styles the Windows of Traid in London, Turning Out Some of the City’s Fiercest Looks," 22 Apr. 2019 If only shareholders in fossil-fuel companies were sold on their spending money for fossil fuels. Lauren Silva Laughlin, WSJ, "Chevron Shareholders Had a Different Kind of Green in Mind," 12 Apr. 2019 But the filings also show 40% of their spending money has gone to legal fees. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Facebook suspends Trump-connected data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica," 16 Mar. 2018 One of my favorite things to do now on trips is spend money on spa days instead of popping bottles. Carly Benson, SELF, "7 Important Tips for Traveling While Sober and Having an Even Better Time," 14 Feb. 2019 The Air Force, busy spooling up to fight major wars against big-power enemies, may worry that buying OA-X could be spending money on the wars of the past—not the wars to come. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Air Force May Not Buy New Stealth Tanker After All, and the Light Attack Aircraft Could be Dead Too," 30 Jan. 2019 Many of us live above our means, spend money on nonessentials and frivolities, and fail to give to serious causes, organizations, and educational institutions that so desperately need funds. Coleman Hughes, WSJ, "Martin Luther King, Colorblind Radical," 17 Jan. 2019 Democrats oppose spending money on a wall, preferring instead to pump the dollars into fencing, technology and other means of controlling access to the border. Darlene Superville, The Seattle Times, "Post-holiday, partial government shutdown to gain impact," 25 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, millennials are establishing homes and spending money on related purchases. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The rise of the direct-to-consumer home," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of spending money

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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1 May 2019

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The first known use of spending money was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of spending money

: extra money that you can spend on whatever you want

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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