Money Idioms (Page 1)

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A day late and a dollar short
(USA) If something is a day late and a dollar short, it is too little, too late.
A fool and his money are soon parted
This idiom means that people who aren't careful with their money spend it quickly. 'A fool and his money are easily parted' is an alternative form of the idiom.
A light purse is a heavy curse
Life is difficult when you don't have much money.
A penny for your thoughts
This idiom is used as a way of asking someone what they are thinking about.
A penny saved is a penny earned
Saving money is just as important as earning money- we shouldn't spend it foolishly.
A penny saved is a penny earned
This means that we shouldn't spend or waste money, but try to save it.
A pretty penny
If something costs a pretty penny, it is very expensive.
All that glitters is not gold
This means that appearances can be deceptive and things that look or sound valuable can be worthless. ('All that glistens is not gold' is an alternative.)
At a drop of a dime
(USA) If someone will do something at the drop of a dime, they will do it instantly, without hesitation.
Bent as a nine bob note
(UK) A person who is as bent as a nine bob note is dishonest. The reference comes from pre-decimalisation in UK (1971), when a ten shilling (bob) note was valid currency but no such note as nine shillings existed.
Bet your bottom dollar
(USA) If you can bet your bottom dollar on something, you can be absolutely sure about it.
Big bucks
If someone is making big bucks, they are making a lot of money.
Blank cheque
If you are given a blank cheque, you are allowed to use as much money as you need for a project.
Broke as a joke and it ain't funny
This idiom in my opinion describes how it's not funny to be without a cent and just uses broke and joke as rhyming words that help explain this idiom a lot better.
Cash cow
A product, business, etc, that generates a continuous flow of money or a high proportion of overall profits is a cash cow.
Cash in your chips
If you cash in your chips, you sell something to get what profit you can because you think its value is going to fall. It can also mean 'to die'.
Cheap at half the price
If something's cheap at half the price, it's very cheap indeed.
Cut your losses
If you cut your losses, you avoid losing any more money than you already have by getting out of a situation before matters worsen.
Daylight robbery
If you are overcharged or underpaid, it is a daylight robbery; open, unfair and hard to prevent. Rip-off has a similar meaning.
Dime a dozen
(USA) If something is a dime a dozen, it is extremely common, possibly too common.
Dollars for doughnuts
(USA) If something is dollars for doughnuts, it is a sure bet or certainty.
Don't take any wooden nickels
(USA) This idiom is used to advise people not to be cheated or ripped off.
Drop a dime
(USA) If you drop a dime, you inform the police about someone's illegal activities.
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise
It means that sleeping well and not staying up late will help you out physically and financially.
Earn a living
To make money Ex: We need to get a good job to earn a decent living.
Feel the pinch
If someone is short of money or feeling restricted in some other way, they are feeling the pinch.
Foot the bill
The person who foots the bill pays the bill for everybody.
For my money
This idiom means 'in my opinion'.
From rags to riches
Someone who starts life very poor and makes a fortune goes from rags to riches.
Garbage fee
A garbage fee is a charge that has no value and doesn't provide any real service.
Give someone a run for their money
If you can give someone a run for the money, you are as good, or nearly as good, as they are at something.
Go bust
If a company goes bust, it goes bankrupt.
Golden handshake
A golden handshake is a payment made to someone to get them to leave their job.
Golden rule
The golden rule is the most essential or fundamental rule associated with something. Originally, it was not a general reference to an all purpose first rule applicable to many groups or protocols, but referred to a verse in the Bible about treating people they way you would want them to treat you, which was considered the First Rule of behavior towards all by all.
Golden touch
Someone with a golden touch can make money from or be successful at anything they do.
Good as gold
If children are as good as gold, they behave very well.
People without wealth or power are the have-nots.
Heart of gold
Someone with a heart of gold is a genuinely kind and caring person.
If I had a nickel for every time
(USA) When someone uses this expression, they mean that the specific thing happens a lot. It is an abbreviation of the statement 'If I had a nickel for every time that happened, I would be rich'
Ill-gotten gains
Ill-gotten gains are profits or benefits that are made either illegally or unfairly.
In for a penny, in for a pound
If something is worth doing then it is a case of in for a penny, in for a pound, which means that when gambling or taking a chance, you might as well go the whole way and take all the risks, not just some.
It cost the earth
If something costs the earth, it is very expensive indeed.
License to print money
A license to print money is something that generates a large income without much effort.
Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves
(UK) If you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves, meaning that if someone takes care not to waste small amounts of money, they will accumulate capital. ('Look after the pence and the pounds will look after themselves' is an alternative form of this idiom.)
Made of money
If you are made of money, you have a lot of money.
Make a killing
If you make a killing, you do something that makes you a lot of money.
Make a mint
If someone is making a mint, they are making a lot of money.
Make ends meet
If somebody finds it hard to make ends meet, they have problems living on the money they earn.
Make money hand over fist
If you make money hand over fist, you make a lot of money without any difficulty.
Mint condition
If something is in mint condition, it is in perfect condition.

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