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But there is one task-master who knows no mercy and makes no allowances.

“Oh, well, allowances should be made for a tenderfoot,” she bantered.

Allowances have to be made for the hostility of circumstances.

To do them justice, Englishmen seldom forget that allowances must be made for foreigners.

It was necessary to make some allowances; and the feet, as I understand it, are free members.

These lights, or candle of l. 839, would be only part of the allowances.

How long Squires shall have allowances, and Fire shall burn in the Hall.

Unless one had allowances from friends, starvation might be the end.

A Fellow was entitled to his commons, and, in addition, to allowances of 13s.

But the duke cannot stand this open affiche, and withdraws his allowances.

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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