Mad Money Meaning

(idiomatic) A sum of money kept in reserve or to insulate oneself financially in the event of the sudden breakdown of a relationship in which one is economically dependent.

Example: 1975, "Baglets," Time, 10 Nov.:
  Ultrasuede minibags "are just the solution for waste." And for crime. Most minis hardly hold more than mad money and a comb.
1975, George Javor, "Mad Money: A Semantic Change," American Speech, vol. 50, no. 1/2, p. 155:
  Such an expression is mad money, noted as early as 1922 by Howard J. Savage (Dialect Notes 5:148) at the end of an article on Bryn Mawr slang. Savage's definition is 'money a girl carries in case she has a row with her escort and wishes to go home alone.'

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