Definition of piggy bank in English:

piggy bank


  • 1A money box, typically one shaped like a pig.

    • ‘Every few months, when his piggy bank is full, we take it to a real bank, run it through the coin sorter, change the total into bills.’
    • ‘If you have any old £10 notes hiding away in a wallet, purse or piggy bank, you have until midnight tonight to spend them.’
    • ‘They took our cash, my jewellery, my husband's laptop computer, my children's piggy banks and broke my bathroom window.’
    • ‘Do you try to spend it to 'get rid of it', or do you put it in a jar or a piggy bank?’
    • ‘As usual, she raids her children's piggy banks and heads to the supermarket with £6.50.’
    • ‘One evening in 1940, my grandmother walked into my father's bedroom - he was 7 at the time - to find him sitting on his bed, the contents of his piggy bank spread around him, in floods of tears.’
    • ‘Donations had ranged from children raiding their piggy banks to large cheques for hundreds of pounds.’
    • ‘Workers turned up with boxes, bags and piggy banks crammed with coins and by the end of the day the total reached £1, 550.’
    • ‘The under- 11s can opt for an organiser and calculator, piggy bank, squirrel or back pack with the Supersaver account.’
    • ‘His parents urge him to save his coins in the little piggy bank on his dresser, yet they willingly give their own coins away to any stranger extending a hand across a counter.’
    • ‘He's raided your piggy banks and filched all your birthday money.’
    • ‘I've always loved the things, from the little tinware postboxes I had as a small child to the stainless steel savings box the banks used to issue to children, right through to the ceramic piggy banks I still enjoy.’
    • ‘The piggy bank is a timeless tool and see-through ones work best.’
    • ‘They gave your father piggy banks when he was young because they wanted him to develop healthy spending and saving practices, thus protecting him from the curse of debt.’
    • ‘As a measure of motivation, kith and kin present tiny piggy banks to them.’
    • ‘They even fled with cash from children's piggy banks from houses in Park Lane.’
    • ‘He counted out the entire contents of his piggy bank to help tsunami victims after seeing newspaper and television coverage of the disaster.’
    • ‘There are piles of change next to the piggy bank.’
    • ‘From birth to 11, the account offers an interest rate of 3.80%, a twice-yearly magazine, a piggy bank and a set of money-off vouchers.’
    • ‘His line, launched last year, included hats, piggy banks, stuffed dolls and even street fashion.’
    1. 1.1 A person's savings.
      ‘many people would dip into their piggy bank to pay their higher tax bills’
      • ‘That suggests that people are using money in their piggy banks to fund a lot of their Christmas shopping this year.’
      • ‘The government has been borrowing money out of the Social Security trust fund like it's their own private piggy bank.’
      • ‘But, as many employers have found out, tapping the trust fund piggy bank can bring increased personal risk and result in harsh measures.’
      • ‘The money raised would become a sort of piggy bank of last resort to pay doctors and hospitals for patients who don't pay them.’
      • ‘If you're going to make a stability/heritage / piggy bank fund, the money in it should be invested in the future - hence, education.’


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