Pittance

Pittance [ PIT-ns ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. a scanty or meagre allowance or remuneration
2. a small monetary sum
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The fact that government employees in this country receive a pittance as salaries is probably the likely cause for corruption in the bureaucracy.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 The long-suffering shareholders of Northern Rock will likely receive a pittance in compensation in the wake of Chancellor Alistair Darling's announcement yesterday that the beleaguered mortgage lender is to be taken into temporary public ownership.

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