Definition of pocket money in US English:

pocket money


  • 1A small amount of money suitable for minor expenses.

    • ‘Even if you pooled your pocket money I can't imagine how you made up the shortfall.’
    • ‘And they also cut the amount the elderly could keep and use as pocket money.’
    • ‘So considering my options of staying at home and rotting or getting a job and earning some extra pocket money, I decided to do the latter.’
    • ‘I had given her my pocket money, all of twenty dollars, for a taxi.’
    • ‘But here are some full-time students who make the most of their spare time by earning pocket money to meet their sundry expenses.’
    • ‘They are fed, clothed and housed, and are given just enough pocket money to buy drinks at least once a week in the local bars.’
    • ‘They are living there under the state assistance programme for asylum seekers, which provides food, accommodation and pocket money.’
    • ‘His volunteers have to pay for their flight, insurance and pocket money, but the orphanage provides free bed and board.’
    • ‘He was glad he still had pocket money and that he had ten dollars left in case he needed it.’
    • ‘The $7.75m for the swimming pool would be pocket money by comparison.’
    • ‘As he is hopeless at arranging his financial affairs, I propose to deposit money with you for his pocket money and ask you to be good enough to dole it out to him once a week.’
    • ‘But I am getting too old to be living off the kind of pocket money I make.’
    • ‘Many need to save their pocket money for a down payment on a new home.’
    • ‘Well, if you're looking for a good account to deposit pocket money and the occasional larger sum, you need an instant-access account that pays a great rate.’
    • ‘To get help with this task, I have to pay more pocket money.’
    • ‘Joining the army was also a search for escape, adventure, the wonder of exotic lands and the security of regular pocket money.’
    • ‘He was on the dole and earned ten shillings a week for pocket money.’
    • ‘The overall cost was £350 not including pocket money but it was all worth it, all of them would go again.’
    • ‘At that time, admission to the museum cost 10 cents, but he has only had a tiny amount of pocket money to spend.’
    • ‘As for asylum seekers on two thirds benefit, this sum is more pocket money than most can expect.’
    • ‘Of course he would get paid for the work and pass the money on, it was very handy pocket money for a teenager still at school.’
    payment, sum of money, remittance, contribution, consideration, handout, grant, subsidy, maintenance, financial support, subsistence, benefit, stipend, pension, annuity, keep, upkeep, expenses
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    1. 1.1British A child's allowance.
      • ‘I mentioned that although he didn't seem to get on with his parents, he always had plenty of pocket money off them.’
      • ‘If they want that latest CD or video game they can - but they have to set aside some of their pocket money every week and save up for it.’
      • ‘Parents are also advised to know where their teenagers are at all times and to be responsible in regard to giving them pocket money.’
      • ‘School bank accounts were available and many children banked small amounts from their pocket money each week to learn the habit of saving.’
      • ‘Children put their pocket money into a bank account to save up to buy a bicycle.’
      • ‘He encouraged his children to grow vegetables and raise animals for sale - the profits were their pocket money.’
      • ‘There was no pocket money for Peter or his brothers and sisters.’
      • ‘The average weekly sum for pocket money from parents is now £1.87.’
      • ‘Over the last two weeks the young people saved their own pocket money to fill the hampers, and then went shopping to buy the food and toys.’
      • ‘Giving them regular pocket money or an allowance enables them to learn how to manage their money.’
      • ‘People have been queueing up to donate, including children donating pocket money and pensioners giving their allowances.’
      • ‘When I was a kid I saved up my pocket money in a jar, so I could afford to go out and buy this album.’
      • ‘It was at this stage that he became interested in astronomy and saved his pocket money to buy himself materials such as lens from which he could construct a telescope.’
      • ‘His dad brought him into the office and he'd been saving bits of his pocket money to donate to the appeal.’
      • ‘When I was but a young boy I saved up my pocket money to buy all my own decorations for my room, creating in essence my own personal grotto.’
      • ‘I'm saving my pocket money for the next time the fair comes to town.’
      • ‘For doing our work around the house and farm we children were paid a small sum of pocket money, some of which had to be banked each week.’


pocket money

/ˈpäkət ˈmənē//ˈpɑkət ˈməni/