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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.
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make a spectacle of (oneself)

To attract attention by foolish or conspicuous behavior. Katie made a spectacle of herself at the New Year's Eve party by confronting her ex-boyfriend in front of all the other guests. Darren's so clumsy that he tends to make a spectacle of himself everywhere he goes.
See also: make, of, spectacle

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.
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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.
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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]
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make alˈlowances for somebody

not judge somebody too strictly because of certain problems or difficulties: The court was asked to make allowances for the age of the accused.
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make allowance

/allowances for
1. To take into consideration when planning something.
2. To make excuses for or treat with leniency.
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ISLAMABAD -- The government has increased the daily allowance of parliamentarians by 71% in a bid to match it with that given to civil servants in the country.
He explained that his ministry had adjusted book allowance for medical and engineering programmes upwards adding that it was not possible to adjust all allowances upwards as a result of budgetary constraints.
The allowance will be offered to the officers working against scheduled posts of Establishment and Administration Department to the tune of 1.
According to sources, the proposal to grant executive allowance to senior officers working in various departments is under consideration since long, but the issue seems to have been put on the back
The CBA doubled the salaries of all medics employed by the two institutions and gave them new allowances.
In addition, some embassies pay their deputy chiefs of mission a Special Overseas Allowance (SOA) that is equal to five per cent of the GOA.
When calculating income for personal allowance reductions, the income of each partner in a married couple or civil partnership is treated separately.
It is worth-mentioning here that research allowance is specified for those agriculture scientists who, conducts research in fields.
The finance ministry issued office memorandums announcing that the president had sanctioned revision of rates of special pay and allowances; grant of ad hoc allowance and medical allowance; increase in pension of retired civilian and armed forces' personnel; increase in family pension; minimum pension; and grant of medical allowance to civilian pensioners.
With regard to defence forces, he said ration allowances will be directly credited to their accounts.
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday announced handsome increase in allowances by allowing recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission on allowances with 34 modifications.
KARACHI -- Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah has approved raise in the nursing, mess and uniform allowances of the Nurses associated with different provincial health facilities in the province.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar told the National Assembly that the government had already announced merger of three Adhoc Allowances in the previous budget.
The Commission on Audit has flagged the Office of the Solicitor-General lawyers' continued receipt of allowances exceeding 50 percent of their salaries.
That's because people your age are entitled to a more generous tax break called the married couple's allowance (I suspect it's what you mean by the 'normal marriage allowance') which reduces your tax bill by up to PS800 a year, and you can't have both allowances.