MONEY IDIOMS and Phrases with Meanings

Money talks

Meaning:

Rich people can get what they want.

Banner Year

Meaning

A year marked by strong successes.

To cut your losses

Meaning

To stop doing something for avoid loosing money.

Cost an arm and a leg

Meaning

Too expensive or very expensive 

Have deep pockets

Meaning

Extensive financial wealth or resources

Tighten your belt

Meaning

Try to spend less money than you used

On a shoestring

Meaning

With very little money or a very small budget

Out of pocket

Meaning

Being short of money and having experienced a financial loss

In the red

Meaning

Spending more money than you earn

Money for old rope

Meaning

Money you get for doing something very easy


A penny for your thoughts? 

Meaning

What are you thinking about?

Mint condition 

Meaning

Perfect condition

To get off scot free 

Meaning

 To escape punishment/injury.

As poor as a church mouse

Meaning

Very poor.


To bet on the wrong horse

Meaning

Make a mistake in predicting the future

To make a quick buck

Meaning

To earn money quickly

Sometimes dishonestly

Look like a million dollars

Meaning

To look and feel fantastic..

To be flat broke

Meaning

To not have any money.

Money is no object

Meaning

 The price doesn’t matter.

To tighten one’s belt

Meaning

Start spending less money

Strapped for cash

Meaning

To have little money, to need money.

To work for peanuts

Meaning

To work for little money.

All that glitters is not gold

Meaning

All things are not as good as they look.


Money to burn

Meaning

Extra money to spend however one likes.

To make a killing

Meaning

To earn a lot of money.

Easy money

Meaning

Money that can be earned without much effort.

Get a run for one’s money

Meaning

To receive a challenge, to receive what one deserves.

As sound as a dollar 

Meaning

Very secure and dependable.

Cash-and-carry

Meaning

Selling something for cash only and with no delivery

Go broke

Meaning

Someone loses all their money.

Be made of money

Meaning

If you are made of money, you are rich.

A dime a dozen

Meaning 

Common and available anywhere.

A penny for your thoughts 

Meaning: 

Ask for advice.

An arm and a leg

Meaning:

Very expensive

Born with a silver spoon

Meaning: 

From a rich family.

Bread and butter 

Meaning: 

Necessities or main points.

Break the bank

Meaning: 

Go bankrupt.

Bring home the bacon 

Meaning: 

Earn money.

Burn a hole in my pocket

Meaning:

Spend too much money.

Cash in the chips

 Meaning:

 Selling something.

Cheapskate

Meaning:

 A frugal person.

Chip in

Meaning: 

Donate money or time

Cook the books

Meaning:

Dishonest accounting.

Cut corners

Meaning: 

Reduce spending.

Foot the bill 

Meaning:

Pay for something.

Give no quarter 

Meaning:

Give no mercy.

Go Dutch

Meaning: 

To agree to share the cost of something, especially a meal

Gravy train

 Meaning: 

High pay for minimal work.

Lion’s share

Meaning: 

The majority of something.

Live from hand to mouth

Meaning: 

Live on very little money.

Nest egg

Meaning:

Saved money.

Pay a king’s ransom

Meaning: 

Pay a lot of money.

Pour money down the drain

Meaning: 

Waste money.

Put in my two cents

Meaning: 

Give my opinion.