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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

pin money

An allowance set aside for personal expenditures. The term comes from the early sixteenth century, when metal pins were very expensive. Indeed, a will recorded at York in 1542 listed a bequest: “I give my said doughter Margarett my lease of the parsonage of Kirkdall Churche . . . to by her pinnes withal.” The term stuck long after pins became a very minor budget item, and was extremely common until the mid-twentieth century. It is heard less often today.
See also: money, pin
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Many of her novels, such as Women as They Are, Pin Money, The Hamiltons, and The Popular Member, begin rather than end with the marriage of the heroine.
Productivity could be improved by addressing low pay and insecure work, Mr Lillis said, and the belief that women work in retail for "pin money" must also be challenged.
Before hubby leaves for work around noontime, I'm still at it, encoding my stuff or editing the occasional manuscript thrown my way so I earn pin money for stationery items, books and art materials I like to purchase, and eating out with friends.
That was in 1968 yet today, as then, women are dismissed as working for "pin money".
Yes, it may be more suitable to those who want occasional earnings, yet it does render the topic, to a pin money project.
IT'S a long time since women's wages were considered "pin money".
The girl we paid is a music student trying to earn pin money.
Might as well pat current female vicars on the head, promise them a bit of "pin money" and then tell them to make sure the bottle of Blue Nun is waiting on the bishop's table when he gets home from work.
Power drive: He owns a Porsche Carrera; Shot caller: Football boss Mulraney makes millions from property deals but loves his council job Pictures: DAVID McNIE; HIS WORKPLACE Pin money: Mulraney loves working at the leisure centre even though he doesn't need the cash; HIS OWN CLUB Footie index: He loves Alloa Athletic so much that he decided to buy it and is very much a hands-on owner; HIS HOUSE Property tycoon: Mulraney lives in a luxury villa after making his millions buying and selling flats in Alloa
Perhaps then they might get drivers who want to do the job instead of people who are in it for pin money. These people have no allegiance to the trade whatsoever.
We were hoping for some pin money, because the prize money went down to 10 places.