English Idioms Related to Money

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Here you will learn 14 English idioms related to money: cost an arm and a leg, save for a rainy day, on the breadline, make ends meet.

You will also learn the meaning of ON A SHOESTRING – scroll down and watch a short video lesson.

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14 English Idioms Related to Money

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“Money makes the world go round” is a well-known idiom. Money is an important part of our lives whether we realise it or not. Without money, not much can happen or not much can be done. Here are very common English idioms related to money.

cost an arm and a leg

Meaning: usually, something that is very expensive and outside our range

Example:

Michael wanted to buy the latest (newest) mobile phone with all the apps. When he got to the shop he saw that it was really expensive and he did not have enough money. It would cost him an arm and a leg to buy it.

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live from hand to mouth

Meaning:  where someone has not got any money or regular job or savings and is unable to plan ahead more than a day at a time

Example:

People living on the street are unable to plan where there next meal is coming from. They have no savings or regular work and always live from hand to mouth.

to make ends meet

Meaning: your income/salary is just about enough to cover your expenditure

Example:

John had been working in the same job for several years without a pay increase. Inflation reduced his ability to save. He found it very difficult every month to make ends meet. He would have to get a job that paid more money.

14 English Idioms Related to Money

to be in the red

Meaning: you owe money to your bank and have a negative balance on your account

Example:

Peter received a letter from his bank manager. He had overdrawn his account and the bank needed him to repay the money owed as quickly as possible. He could not understand how he got into the red but remembered he had spent a lot on Christmas presents.

to put something by for a rainy day

Meaning: you have some savings you will not touch (use) unless  there is an emergency

Example:

Mary saved a little money every week. It was a small fund for some emergencies in case her family needed money urgently or she had to replace something in the house. She always advised her children when they got a job to put a little something by for a rainy day.

On a Shoestring Idiom Meaning

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out of pocket

Meaning: you lose money in a transaction

Example:

The organiser of a concert was €10,000 out of pocket after the concert was cancelled.

money doesn’t grow on trees

Meaning: there is only a limited supply of money. Usually, we say this to warn someone that it’s not easy to earn money.

Example:

You shouldn’t be spending money on expensive lunches. Afterall, money doesn’t grow on trees.

to spend money like water

Meaning: to spend money freely as if it were in endless supply

Example:

Jack has just bought himself a new car. He spends money like water!

English Idioms related to Money

money is the root of all evil

Meaning: people do many evil things because of greed

Example:

Mary’s son was convicted of robbery last year. Money is the root of all evil.

money can’t buy happiness

Meaning: neither wealth nor luxurious items can bring long-term happiness

Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote in 1750: “Money buys everything, except morality and citizens.”

Example:

If somebody thinks that money can buy happiness then that is not true happiness. 

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English Idioms related to Money

on a shoestring

Meaning: do something with very little money

Example:

Marketing can be done on a shoestring budget.

money for old rope

Meaning: easy money, money earned with little effort

Example:

All you have to do is answer a few questions and smile at the camera. It’s money for old rope.

to have money to burn 

Meaning: have a lot of money, spend unwisely

Example:

Why do they need 3 expensive cars?

They don’t, but they always have money to burn.

to spend money like water

Meaning: regularly spend large amounts of money, usually on luxuries

Example:

Tom’s wife spends money like water, she’s just bought a new expensive handbag. 

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