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You are heated now, Sir, and I can make every allowance for your natural vexation.

He was a year younger than I, and young-looking even when that allowance was made.

He meant to keep up her allowance, he said, and he had insured his life for her.

Wondering now I was how we should last until the next quarter's allowance.

"You don't make any allowance for the views of women," Roger said.

You will note that allowance must be made for hemming the back edge of the mainsail.

It is a maxim worthy of all acceptation that a man may have that allowance he takes.

Moreover, in this, as in most of the dialogues of Plato, allowance has to be made for the character of Socrates.

This allowance was graduated to the social status of each prisoner.

They make no allowance for any change that may have occurred in mademoiselle's inclinations.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "praise" (a sense now obsolete), from Old French aloance "allowance, granting, allocation," from alouer (see allow). Sense of "a sum alloted to meet expenses" is from c.1400. In accounts, meaning "a sum placed to one's credit" is attested from 1520s. To make allowances is literally to add or deduct a sum from someone's account for some special circumstance. Figurative use of the phrase is attested from 1670s.

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