Definition of pocket money in English:

pocket money


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

    • ‘They are living there under the state assistance programme for asylum seekers, which provides food, accommodation and pocket money.’
    • ‘To get help with this task, I have to pay more pocket money.’
    • ‘But here are some full-time students who make the most of their spare time by earning pocket money to meet their sundry expenses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was on the dole and earned ten shillings a week for pocket money.’
    • ‘His volunteers have to pay for their flight, insurance and pocket money, but the orphanage provides free bed and board.’
    • ‘I had given her my pocket money, all of twenty dollars, for a taxi.’
    • ‘Even if you pooled your pocket money I can't imagine how you made up the shortfall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Joining the army was also a search for escape, adventure, the wonder of exotic lands and the security of regular pocket money.’
    • ‘Many need to save their pocket money for a down payment on a new home.’
    • ‘As for asylum seekers on two thirds benefit, this sum is more pocket money than most can expect.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The $7.75m for the swimming pool would be pocket money by comparison.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But I am getting too old to be living off the kind of pocket money I make.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was glad he still had pocket money and that he had ten dollars left in case he needed it.’
    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.
      • ‘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 mentioned that although he didn't seem to get on with his parents, he always had plenty of pocket money off them.’
      • ‘Children put their pocket money into a bank account to save up to buy a bicycle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Giving them regular pocket money or an allowance enables them to learn how to manage their money.’
      • ‘There was no pocket money for Peter or his brothers and sisters.’
      • ‘I'm saving my pocket money for the next time the fair comes to town.’
      • ‘He encouraged his children to grow vegetables and raise animals for sale - the profits were their 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His dad brought him into the office and he'd been saving bits of his pocket money to donate to the appeal.’
      • ‘People have been queueing up to donate, including children donating pocket money and pensioners giving their allowances.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Parents are also advised to know where their teenagers are at all times and to be responsible in regard to giving them pocket money.’
      • ‘The average weekly sum for pocket money from parents is now £1.87.’
      • ‘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.’


pocket money

/ˈpäkət ˈmənē//ˈpɑkət ˈməni/