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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MAKE ALLOWANCE

But we must make allowance for these girds and gibes at Democracy, of which we have given a specimen.

No doubt as in the case of men, so in the case of women, we must make allowance for race and climate.

I can make allowance once in a while for the boys gettin' on a jamboree, but by Christmas!

It shan't appear again, or if it does, you will make allowance, won't you?

Confound it, I can make allowance, sir, if you'll tell me your deviation!

I was not offended, for I am the first to make allowance when rudeness is not intentional.

You will understand this, and I hope our readers will make allowance for it.

"I shall not make allowance," interrupted Mrs. Jasher angrily.

Vaucorbeil went on: "At least let us make allowance for abilities."

He is not what he used to be, gentlemen, you must make allowance for his infirmities.

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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