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pin money

A small amount of money used for treats or other minor expenses. Even though her crafts are beautiful, Susan only makes pin money by selling them—it's her husband's job that pays the bills.
See also: money, pin

pin money

Small amounts of money for incidental expenses, as in Grandma usually gives the children some pin money whenever she visits. This expression originally signified money given by a husband to his wife for small personal expenditures such as pins, which were very costly items in centuries past. A will recorded at York in 1542 listed a bequest: "I give my said daughter Margarett my lease of the parsonage . . . to buy her pins." [Early 1500s]
See also: money, pin

ˈpin money

(informal) a small amount of money that you earn, especially when this is used to buy things that you want rather than things that you need: She teaches a little French now and then, just for pin money.This was originally the money given to a woman by her husband to pay for her clothes and other personal items.
See also: money, pin
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It constantly amazes me how many ex-husbands view maintenance as pin money for an ex, when actually it is there to pay for the feeding and clothing of their children.
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Earning pin money became acceptable, although admittedly it did put the question of equal pay on the back burner.
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A wage packet of more than pounds 35,000 from the council is hardly pin money and we have a right to expect their full-time services.
The odds were "a steal" said Alex, who says he usually only bets pin money.
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Bogus schemes encouraging people to earn pin money while working from home could be outlawed under legislation being introduced by a Birmingham MP.
While earning some pin money standing in for the resident pianist at a London club he was spotted by the dancer and choreographer Irving Davies.
I clean an office building part-time to get pin money.