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Money Idioms

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21 December 2020
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Whether you have lots of it or not enough, there are plenty of ways to talk about money! The Beatles famously sang "Money can't buy me love." but then they also sang "Now give me money. That's what I want."

No matter what your feelings are about money, there are lots of ways to talk about it. If you're trying to learn English, why not spend some of your valuable time looking at our fun money idioms illustration! Learn how to use these money idioms in everyday conversation by checking out the example sentences below the graphic.


1. Balance the books

Meaning: Make sure all the money is accounted for.

Example: "After buying a new bike,Thomas had to work some extra hours in order to balance the books."


2. Bring home the bacon

Meaning: Earn money to support your family.

Example: "Anna took another job so she could bring home the bacon."


3. Go dutch

Meaning: Split the bill equally.

Example: "Matthew and Hazel go dutch when they eat out. They split the bill." 


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4. Gravy train

Meaning: A job which pays a lot of money for little effort.

Example: "Ian got a big bonus for his brief consulting job. He's really on the gravy train!"


5. Nest egg

Meaning: Money that has been saved up.

Example: "Leo's nest egg meant that he was able to put down the deposit on his new house."


6. Cook the books

Meaning: Dishonest accounting.

Example: "Sam had to lie and cook the books to make the accountant think his business was making money."


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7. Golden handshake

Meaning: A payment made to a departing employee.

Example: "Sorry to see you go Harry, here is my golden handshake to wish you farewell."


8. Cheapskate

Meaning: A person who hates to spend too much money. 

Example: "Thomas did not want to spend $5 on flowers for his mother. What a cheapskate!"


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