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An allowance of money given by a man to his wife or to other dependents for their personal, discretionary use. [from 16th c.]

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pin moneyA relatively small sum of cash kept in one's personal possession, for routine expenses or incidental purchases; an amount of money which is not particularly significant. [from 18th c.]
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