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Definition an inadequate payment
  • It also made sense that he had used her mother as a front in the purchase and had then for a pittance bought back the property.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • I am sure my father will subscribe much of his little pittance, to place him in a station that is more worthy of him.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • "The settlement was a pittance compared to what it would've been if they had filed a year later."
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • The worst is this, that at so slender warning You are like to have a thin and slender pittance.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • You allowed me a meagre salary of five hundred roubles a year, a beggar's pittance, and have never even thought of adding a rouble to it.
    Anton Chekhov  --  Uncle Vanya
  • Should we work for the sweater fourteen hours a day for a pittance?
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • — I daresay Burke paid her a pittance but there you are...... Pretty, isn't it?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Capitan Victor Alicinio Pena was listed in the real estate transactions as having bought the old Gonzalez farm from the government for a pittance.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • But it came at last, a few hundred pounds, a pittance set against what had been lost.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • A pittance of what is to come!
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Your kind, all of you, think nothing of breaking our backs for a pittance.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • I fancy old Frankland allows her a pittance, but it cannot be more, for his own affairs are considerably involved.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Father is letting the lodges for a pittance.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • The father came home and went into the dark room to give Lucia her daily food pittance.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Now they were being offered for a pittance or even for free.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • For a pittance, people could ride nearly anywhere they wanted on a modern, safe, garishly decorated electric railway system.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Robert is very well in a way, to give up all the money he can earn to the family, and keep the barest pittance for himself.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • And here comes an unguarded, solitary goblin wagon braving the Ravenswood Spur with a pittance of goods and asking for a private audience.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • How the deuce am I to keep up my position in the world upon such a pitiful pittance?
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Obviously, he was explaining, one could acquire lumber at a pittance.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea

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