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    idiom: earn/make a mint

    Hi,
    which one of these two forms would you use? Are they both possible? I suppose it means to make a lot of money.

    Thank you.

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    Re: idiom: earn/make a mint

    Welcome to the forum, ice&fire. .
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    w Which one of these two forms would you use?
    'Earn' is not an idiom. 'Make a mint' is; it is quite informal.

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    Re: idiom: earn/make a mint

    Thank you!

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    Re: idiom: earn/make a mint

    There's a related verb: 'to mint it'. It's informal, and may be strictly Br Eng.

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    PS There is also a the verb mint, meaning 'make [a coin]'; but 'minting it' is different.

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    Re: idiom: earn/make a mint

    Also in BrE, if you have a lot of money, you might be described as "minted" (informal/slang).

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    Re: idiom: earn/make a mint

    Thank you BobK, but I don't get the meaning of 'minting it' [/QUOTE]: why is it different from "make a mint"?

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    Re: idiom: earn/make a mint

    Thank you emsr2d2 for your additional information.

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    Re: idiom: earn/make a mint

    Quote Originally Posted by ice&fire View Post
    Thank you BobK, but I don't get the meaning of 'minting it' why is it different from "make a mint"?
    No difference - except in the register. 'Make a mint' is slightly more formal (but still fairly informal).

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