Money Idioms List with Meanings, Examples, & PDFs

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Money Idiom Worksheets for ESL Students

PDF Worksheet A: Defining Idioms & Writing Sentences with Idioms

PDF Worksheet B: Reading Idioms in Context & Describing Meanings

Fun Money Idiom Games for the Classroom

PDF Money Idioms Crossword

PDF Money Idioms BINGO

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30 Idioms and Phrases About Money

*Updated: January 2019

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Idiom / PhraseMeaningExample Sentence
a dime a dozencommon and available anywhereCorrupt cops are a dime a dozen in this city.
a penny for your thoughtsask for adviceCould I have a penny for your thoughts? I don't know how to solve this problem.
an arm and a legvery expensiveThat new car costs an arm and a leg.
born with a silver spoonfrom a rich familySara was born with a silver spoon, but she became a drug addict.
bread and butternecessities or main pointsTell me the bread and butter of the article and explain the general idea of it.
break the bankgo bankruptShe broke the bank after buying the Ferrari.
bring home the baconearn moneyLouie brings home the bacon while his wife takes care of the kids.
burn a hole in my pocketspend too much moneyI burned a hole in my pocket overpaying on insurance.
cash in the chipsselling somethingHe cashed in the chips and went on a world tour.
cheapskatea frugal personHe's such a cheapskate. He never buys anything for his girlfriend.
chip indonate money or timeWhy don't you chip in and support the refugees?
cook the booksdishonest accountingLet's cook the books so we can avoid paying higher taxes.
cut cornersreduce spendingThe family had to cut corners in order to put food on the table.
foot the billpay for somethingI'll foot the bill and pay for everyone's meal at the restaurant.
give no quarter (none asked)give no mercyThe student asked to take the test again, but the teacher gave no quarter.
give someone a run for their moneytry hard to defeat another personConnor is going to give Floyd a run for his money.
go Dutchsplit the billThe couple always likes to go Dutch and share their living expenses.
gravy trainhigh pay for minimal workGovernment workers ride the gravy train while sitting at their desks doing nothing.
I betI think soI bet she's going to arrive late to work again.
lion's sharethe majority of somethingYou took the lion's share of the money. All I got was a couple pennies.
live from hand to mouthlive on very little moneyDuring the depression, we had to live from hand to mouth.
nest eggsaved moneyShe has a huge nest egg, so she doesn't have to work anymore.
pay a king's ransompay a lot of moneyThe team had to pay a king's ransom for the superstar.
penny pinchera frugal personVictor is such a penny pincher. He never buys anything for anyone.
pour money down the drainwaste moneyBetting on an injured horse is like pouring money down the drain.
put in my two centsgive my opinionCan I put in my two cents? I have something important to say.
put your money where your mouth isstop talking and start acting upon somethingYou should put your money where your mouth is and start your new business idea.
rags to richesgoing from being poor to wealthyJake went from rags to riches after he won the lottery.
save for a rainy daysave money in case something unfortunate happensYou should save for a rainy day. You could get injured or become unemployed.
time is moneytime is valuableWe can't wait here all day. Time is money!

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