Found Money


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Found Money

1. Money that an individual or company possesses unawares. A mundane example of found money is $5 that one finds in the pocket of the jacket one had last worn several months ago. Banks maintain accounts with found money; for instance, an individual may have opened an account and forgotten it, or one may have inherited such an account from a relative. Likewise, governments keep tax refund checks that they are unable to deliver.

2. An informal term for money one does not earn. It may apply to an inheritance, for example.
References in classic literature ?
So the ragged stranger found money and food and drink everywhere at his disposal, and he feasted right comfortably till the afternoon.
But, if what I told him were true, he was still at a loss how a kingdom could run out of its estate, like a private person." He asked me, "who were our creditors; and where we found money to pay them?" He wondered to hear me talk of such chargeable and expensive wars; "that certainly we must be a quarrelsome people, or live among very bad neighbours, and that our generals must needs be richer than our kings." He asked, what business we had out of our own islands, unless upon the score of trade, or treaty, or to defend the coasts with our fleet?" Above all, he was amazed to hear me talk of a mercenary standing army, in the midst of peace, and among a free people.
"And I," said D'Artagnan, bluntly; "I do not like easily found money; I like money won!
The sponsor grew suspicious and searched his Sri Lankan housemaid's bedroom and found money transfer receipts hidden there.
Receiving a compliment, hearing from an old pal, doing a good deed for somebody and having a lazy Sunday made up the rest of the top 10 of the "happiness index".The study also found money may not bring happiness, with 87 per cent claiming they like simple joys more when their budgets are squeezed.
In his expanded advisory role, Arrix will focus on leading the development and rollout of Acorns' Found Money initiative, its first marketing opportunity for brands.
Devon is terribly tempted especially when Joseph offers to share the found money with him.
"It is not really found money at all," I try to explain.
Emmalyne Downing, prosecuting, said following the robbery, police went to a house where Nicholas was staying and found money bags and the mobile phone of one of the victims.
Around 21% of people said in a survey that they had found money they had forgotten about, with 6% coming across an old children's savings account and 7% finding cash in an old money box.
Comparing individuals' happiness with others of the same gender, age, level of education or from the same area, it found money only makes people happier if it improves their social rank.
But when she handed in her notice at the end of July this year an audit found money which should have been banked had not been.