Meaning of pocket money in English:

pocket money

Pronunciation /ˈpɒkɪt ˌmʌni/

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mass noun
  • 1British A small amount of money given to a child by their parents, typically on a regular basis.

    North American term allowance

    ‘he saved his pocket money to buy his mother a scarf’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The average weekly sum for pocket money from parents is now £1.87.’
    • ‘Giving them regular pocket money or an allowance enables them to learn how to manage their money.’
    • ‘I'm saving my pocket money for the next time the fair comes to town.’
    • ‘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 a kid I saved up my pocket money in a jar, so I could afford to go out and buy this album.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘School bank accounts were available and many children banked small amounts from their pocket money each week to learn the habit of saving.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People have been queueing up to donate, including children donating pocket money and pensioners giving their allowances.’
    • ‘He encouraged his children to grow vegetables and raise animals for sale - the profits were their pocket money.’
    • ‘Parents are also advised to know where their teenagers are at all times and to be responsible in regard to giving them pocket money.’
    • ‘There was no pocket money for Peter or his brothers and sisters.’
    1. 1.1A small amount of money suitable for minor expenses.
      ‘he paid for my digs and gave me pocket money’
      • ‘As for asylum seekers on two thirds benefit, this sum is more pocket money than most can expect.’
      • ‘At that time, admission to the museum cost 10 cents, but he has only had a tiny amount of pocket money to spend.’
      • ‘But here are some full-time students who make the most of their spare time by earning pocket money to meet their sundry expenses.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His volunteers have to pay for their flight, insurance and pocket money, but the orphanage provides free bed and board.’
      • ‘And they also cut the amount the elderly could keep and use as pocket money.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I had given her my pocket money, all of twenty dollars, for a taxi.’
      • ‘He was glad he still had pocket money and that he had ten dollars left in case he needed it.’
      • ‘Even if you pooled your pocket money I can't imagine how you made up the shortfall.’
      • ‘They are living there under the state assistance programme for asylum seekers, which provides food, accommodation and pocket money.’
      • ‘The $7.75m for the swimming pool would be pocket money by comparison.’
      • ‘To get help with this task, I have to pay more 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.’
      • ‘But I am getting too old to be living off the kind of pocket money I make.’
      • ‘The overall cost was £350 not including pocket money but it was all worth it, all of them would go again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was on the dole and earned ten shillings a week for pocket money.’
      payment, pocket money, sum of money, remittance, contribution, consideration, handout, grant, subsidy, maintenance, financial support, subsistence, benefit, stipend, pension, annuity, keep, upkeep, expenses