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    Re: Doubts on how to use a couple of idioms with the word "jam".

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    And that's one I haven't heard of! This is an interesting thread :)
    Money for Nothing (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    It's actually from a song from a British band, one of the more famous videos from the early MTV era.

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    Re: Doubts on how to use a couple of idioms with the word "jam".

    SoothingDave, I read that Wikipedia article yesterday when I was squeezing my brain to fully understand these idioms I've put forward for discussion on this thread. (:

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    Re: Doubts on how to use a couple of idioms with the word "jam".

    Well, as usual, I've learnt something new on here. Before I'd finished reading all the comments, I had been planning to post something along the lines of "These must be AmE idioms because I've never heard either of them"! However, since they don't appear to be common in AmE but some of my BrE-speaking compatriots know them, I'll have to concede that they're BrE.

    "Money for old rope" is one I use regularly, and I can't think of any alternative wording for the "jam tomorrow" one, but I've certainly never heard it before today.

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    Re: Doubts on how to use a couple of idioms with the word "jam".

    Huh. Another thread that has taught me something about my own language. I was totally puzzled by all of them (except the song lyric). I can't even think of an American equivalent to these.
    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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    Re: Doubts on how to use a couple of idioms with the word "jam".

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    I was not familiar with Money for old rope - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com. The only idioms I can think of that might be similar are

    Itís nice work if you can get it
    Low hanging fruit

    which, of course, do not have the same meaning. I googled "money" idioms and found these ones, that are semi-related:

    Easy money
    Money-maker
    License to print money


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