American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Cash for small personal needs.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Money provided or used for small personal expenses; pocket-money for incidental outlay.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. [Colloq.] money set apart for extra (not necessary) personal expenses; pocket money.
- n. cash for day-to-day spending on incidental expenses
“To earn spending money as a teenager, my uncle John joined my grandfather for summer stints folding cookies in Duk Hing’s subterranean workspace.”
“Now I had given my spending money to the damsel and had naught left: I had also forgotten to ask the Hashimi his name and where his house was at Bassorah and his titles; thus I was confounded and my joy at meeting the damsel had been but a dream; and I abode in perplexity till there came up a great vessel wherein I embarked and she carried me to Bassorah.”
“Instead of spending money to study our universe, private space companies would strip-mine asteroids, build tourist hotels in space, offer commercial satellite launch services.”
“I retained that result of my semi-French blood and education, that I do think French women the best dressers in the world, and while one is spending money in necessary clothes, I think it quite worth while to get them as elegant and agreeable to one's taste as can be managed for the price one gives.”
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