pin money

pin money
Pin money
(UK) If you work for pin money, you work not because you need to but because it gives you money for extra little luxuries and treats.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • Pin money — Pin Pin, n. [OE. pinne, AS. pinn a pin, peg; cf. D. pin, G. pinne, Icel. pinni, W. pin, Gael. & Ir. pinne; all fr. L. pinna a pinnacle, pin, feather, perhaps orig. a different word from pinna feather. Cf. {Fin} of a fish, {Pen} a feather.] 1. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pin money — pin .money n [U] BrE a small amount of extra money which someone earns to spend on things which they want but do not really need ▪ She helped her uncle out sometimes just to earn a bit of pin money …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pin money — n. 1. Archaic an allowance of money given to a wife for small personal expenses 2. any small sum of money, as for incidental expenses …   English World dictionary

  • pin money — pin money, adj. 1. any small sum set aside for nonessential minor expenditures. 2. (formerly) an allowance of money given by a husband to his wife for her personal expenditures. [1535 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • pin money — pin ,money noun uncount INFORMAL a small amount of money that you can spend for pleasure …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pin money — ► NOUN ▪ a small sum of money for spending on inessentials. ORIGIN originally denoting an allowance to a woman from her husband for dress and other personal expenses …   English terms dictionary

  • pin money — noun cash for day to day spending on incidental expenses • Syn: ↑pocket money, ↑spending money • Hypernyms: ↑cash, ↑hard cash, ↑hard currency * * * noun [noncount] old fashioned : money that is used for small expenses …   Useful english dictionary

  • pin money — N UNCOUNT Pin money is small amounts of extra money that someone earns or gets in order to buy things that they want but that they do not really need. [INFORMAL] She d do anything for a bit of pin money …   English dictionary

  • pin money — noun Date: 1697 1. a. money given by a man to his wife for her own use b. money set aside for the purchase of incidentals 2. a trivial amount of money < worked for pin money > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pin money — extra money, money to spend on candy etc.    Janet used to earn pin money by painting signs …   English idioms

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