allowance

(redirected from allowances)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.
Related to allowances: Tax Allowances

monkey's allowance

Something that yields more abuse than reward. The phrase refers to performing monkeys, who would earn money from passersby and then get kicked by their masters, as encouragement to continue performing. I know they promised you a raise, but I've heard that your new boss is really vicious. I think you'd be getting a monkey's allowance if you worked under him.
See also: allowance

make allowance(s) for (someone or something)

1. To prepare adequately for someone or something. My whole family is coming to Thanksgiving dinner now, so you better make allowance for seven more people at the table. The weather there is pretty inconsistent at this time of year, so make allowances for that when you pack.
2. To be forgiving or accepting of someone or something due to special circumstances. When the weather is this bad, the company makes allowance for Gina's tardiness because she has a very long commute. The teachers have been kind enough to make allowances for Jake this semester after his mother's sudden death.
See also: make

make allowance(s)

 (for someone or something)
1. to allow time, space, food, etc., for someone or something. When planning the party, please make allowances for John and his family. I'm making allowance for ten extra guests.
2. to make excuses or explanations for someone or something; to take into consideration the negative effects of someone or something. You're very late even when we make allowance for the weather. We have to make allowance for the age of the house when we judge its condition.
See also: allowance, make

make allowances for somebody/something

to consider particular facts relating to someone or something We try to make allowances for our students' different language backgrounds. When planning a trip, you have to make allowances for things that you can't know ahead of time, such as crowds or bad weather.
Related vocabulary: allow for something
See also: allowance, make

make allowance for

Also, make allowances for. Take into account extenuating circumstances, as in We have to make allowance for Jeff; he's very new to the business, or Grandma is always making allowances for the children's bad manners. [c. 1700]
See also: allowance, make

make allowance

/allowances for
1. To take into consideration when planning something.
2. To make excuses for or treat with leniency.
See also: allowance, make
References in classic literature ?
Blake would perhaps kindly make allowance for the old-fashioned habits of a practical man.
After locking up the bureau again, he walked to the window and gazed out as impassibly as he had done at the beginning of the interview, while Raffles took a small allowance from the flask, screwed it up, and deposited it in his side-pocket, with provoking slowness, making a grimace at his stepson's back.
I answered dutifully that I was quite ready to obey, on the condition that he should reimburse me by a trebled allowance for what I should lose by giving up the Art of Caricature, or that Lady Malkinshaw should confer on me the appointment of physician-in-waiting on her, with a handsome salary attached.
I don't want any sum,' replied her disconsolate husband; 'I shall require no demd allowance.
The result was, that without quite giving up the allowance question, Madame Mantalini, postponed its further consideration; and Ralph saw, clearly enough, that Mr Mantalini had gained a fresh lease of his easy life, and that, for some time longer at all events, his degradation and downfall were postponed.
There being nobody by, however, but a pauper old woman, who was rendered rather misty by an unwonted allowance of beer; and a parish surgeon who did such matters by contract; Oliver and Nature fought out the point between them.
It consists of the three main cash items noted earlier and the cash equivalent of the advantage of tax-free basic allowances for housing and subsistence.
has received notices of allowances for two patent applications, one in the U.
WARWICKSHIRE county councillors with sick relatives or young children could soon have their allowances boosted to pay for a carer.
Your tax-free amount depends on the allowances for which you are eligible.
Electric utilities were given yearly allowances to pollute, largely based on what emissions were from 1985-87.
However, the total number of allowances in existence will be significantly lower than the current levels of total emissions.
23 New York Times, the Academy's committee on dietary allowances has drafted a report proposing reduction of the recommended dietary allowances for vitamins A, C and B6, magnesium, iron and zinc.
com/research/52bf5e/uk_capital_allowan) has announced the addition of the "UK Capital Allowances Act 2001" report to their offering.
Allowances under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance and Social Security Allowance scheme will be increased from February 1, the Social Welfare Department announced today.