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    Lightbulb Pls help me express this thought

    Hi,

    Please help me express this thought in english using an Idiom.

    Recently my cousin had a lavish marriage, they are rich people so they organized a grand party, food was served in silver cutlery, etc etc.

    Now I want to say that "the more money you have the more you can spend", in Hindi we have a phrase to express this, "the more the jaggery/sugar the sweeter will be the dish", what will the english equivivalent? How would I express this thought with an English Idiom?

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    Default Re: Pls help me express this thought

    It's not very colourful, but we could say 'no expense was spared'.

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    Default Re: Pls help me express this thought

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's not very colourful, but we could say 'no expense was spared'.
    Sure we can say that, but I am looking for something more idiomatic, similar to what we have in Hindi "The more the sugar the sweeter the dish"...

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    Default Re: Pls help me express this thought

    "If you've got it, flaunt it"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Pls help me express this thought

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    "If you've got it, flaunt it"?
    Thanks Barbara, but I am afraid it still does not meet my expectations. May be I am unable to explain the emotion behind the thought, cultural variations might also be playing a role here...

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    Default Re: Pls help me express this thought

    I think you're right in that there are cultural differences in play here.

    In the US, it would be considered somewhat "vulgar" to show how much money you have by spending so much more money than necessary on a party. (We frown on "excess" although we sure seem to like to look at pictures in magazines that show celebrity weddings that cost more than my house. A bit of a conflict between what we say and what we do.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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