One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A fund of money for communal use, made up of contributions from a group of people.
fund, funds, reserves, resources, money, finances, wealth, cash, wherewithal, capital, assets, deep pockets, purse, pool, bank, treasury, exchequerView synonyms
- ‘The board fears that existing and future claimants may be left high and dry, especially with just $200-million left in the kitty.’
- ‘The cash raised will go into the kitty to help maintain Ford Park and eventually buy the mansion and grounds to ensure its continued use as a community facility.’
- ‘There is no money in the kitty for it at the moment but the roads authority is ‘confident’ that the cash will come next year.’
- ‘The roof is leaking, there are holes in the floor, the sewage pipes are broken, the heating doesn't work - and there is no money in the kitty.’
- ‘With all the current problems, it is unlikely that there is much spare cash left in the kitty now.’
- ‘It seems to me that these same councillors who declared that there was no money in the kitty to keep the old people's homes open have a twisted sense of priorities.’
- ‘In Scotland, the cash comes out of the general kitty, but in England it must come out of the new NHS trusts.’
- ‘‘He told me that one reason nothing has been done is that the county council has no money in the kitty to do it,’ said Mr Smithers.’
- ‘We are all living much longer, which is one reason the government now tells us to make our own pension arrangements because there's not enough cash in the corporate kitty.’
- ‘There should be a kitty for general expenses, outings, treats for the children and car parking.’
- ‘The group has decided that each member will contribute €2 per meeting towards a kitty to cover costs such as postage, phone calls, venue hire, tea and biscuits.’
- ‘There is still money left in the kitty according to the manager, and he says he will spend it, albeit with a natural reluctance.’
- ‘When the stock market collapsed, there was simply not enough money in the kitty to keep payments up.’
- ‘She cannot find a better job, but is quite happy with what she earns, because she lives with her parents and does not have to contribute to the household kitty.’
- ‘It was suggested that the guild hold an annual trip abroad each year and pay into a monthly kitty to finance the trip’
- ‘But there is simply not enough money in the kitty to go around.’
- ‘The cycling team still has a long way to go to reach its fundraising target, with the kitty currently standing at £4,191.’
- ‘It is always easier to raise private donations if the government is seen to make a contribution towards the kitty.’
- ‘The jackpot is set to start at around €10 million with rollovers and bonus prize funds boosting the kitty to more than €50 million.’
- ‘But the Department of Health has warned that they have to work within their existing funding allocation and that there'll be nothing extra in the kitty next year.’
- 1.1 A pool of money in some gambling card games.
bank, pool, purse, stakes, ante, jackpotView synonyms
- ‘Before each new deal the dealer has the option to add more money to the kitty, but must not take anything out of it.’
- ‘If someone declares 31, all the other players have to put a penny in the kitty.’
- ‘Before each deal, each player must pay 1 unit into the pool or kitty.’
- ‘Before the first round, each player puts a stake into a kitty.’
- ‘If the bidder loses he pays the opponents and also the kitty.’
2(in bowls) the jack.
Early 19th century (denoting a jail): of unknown origin.
A pet name or a child's name for a kitten or cat.
- ‘I just don't have anywhere to hang a cat hammock, so my kitty will just have to make do with all her other many many many many MANY resting places.’
- ‘Well, I'd better go and make my dinner and feed my kitty cat.’
- ‘Scientists in Texas have successfully cloned a kitty, an event which could eventually help lead to new human medicines and medical treatments.’
- ‘Choose a time when your home is not too busy and you will have time to devote to your new kitty and your existing cat.’
- ‘He started yelling at Mommy, saying how dare she bring home a kitten when she knows he's allergic to kitties.’
- ‘I snuggled on the sofa with my adorable kitty cat and watched TV.’
- ‘For indoor cats, my kitties spend an awful lot of time outside.’
- ‘There is only so long you can ignore that kind of behaviour, even knowing that the little blighter has a bowl filled to the brim with tasty kitty treats in the kitchen.’
- ‘What you may have to do is feed both kitties the weight loss food and supplement skinny kitty's food when and where chubby kitty can't get to it.’
- ‘Make sure you have an emergency vet number handy - our kitties have gotten fevers from the infection.’
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