Posted by Bob on April 16, 2004
In Reply to: Phrase posted by Kathy on April 16, 2004
: Where does the phrase 'Taking money from the kitty' come from?
The dictionary definition(s) of kitty involve a pot of money for a specific purpose that multiple people contributed. In cards, the ante.
If you and your friends each chip in some money for a birthday gift, it would be unseemly to take some out for another purpose.