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"You'll go on here to the end of your days, working for a pittance," he objected.

The thought of going back to a pittance a year sickened him.

What with Paliser Place, its upkeep and the rest of it, it must be a pittance.

One as rich as he is known to be will not object to a pittance like that.

A pittance of money is obtained, and then they search for a man.

No man but O'Connor would have worked as editor for the pittance you paid him.

I might have a pittance instead of a fortune, but I should not have to fear want.

What must be the fate of those whose dependence was upon such a pittance!

How could you do it with that pittance of an allowance of yours?

The slave's share was not a pittance, but much more like the lion's share.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "pious donation to a religious house or order to provide extra food; the extra food provided," also "a small portion, scanty rations," from Old French pitance "pity, mercy, compassion; refreshment, nourishment; portion of food allowed a monk or poor person by a pious bequest," apparently literally "pity," from pitié (see pity). Meaning "small amount, portion" first recorded 1560s.

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