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Money Idiom Worksheets for ESL Students
Fun Money Idiom Games for the Classroom
30 Idioms and Phrases About Money
*Updated: January 6, 2019
|Idiom / Phrase||Meaning||Example Sentence|
|a dime a dozen||common and available anywhere||Corrupt cops are a dime a dozen in this city.|
|a penny for your thoughts||ask for advice||Could I have a penny for your thoughts? I don't know how to solve this problem.|
|an arm and a leg||very expensive||That new car costs an arm and a leg.|
|born with a silver spoon||from a rich family||Sara was born with a silver spoon, but she became a drug addict.|
|bread and butter||necessities or main points||Tell me the bread and butter of the article and explain the general idea of it.|
|break the bank||go bankrupt||She broke the bank after buying the Ferrari.|
|bring home the bacon||earn money||Louie brings home the bacon while his wife takes care of the kids.|
|burn a hole in my pocket||spend too much money||I burned a hole in my pocket overpaying on insurance.|
|cash in the chips||selling something||He cashed in the chips and went on a world tour.|
|cheapskate||a frugal person||He's such a cheapskate. He never buys anything for his girlfriend.|
|chip in||donate money or time||Why don't you chip in and support the refugees?|
|cook the books||dishonest accounting||Let's cook the books so we can avoid paying higher taxes.|
|cut corners||reduce spending||The family had to cut corners in order to put food on the table.|
|foot the bill||pay for something||I'll foot the bill and pay for everyone's meal at the restaurant.|
|give no quarter (none asked)||give no mercy||The student asked to take the test again, but the teacher gave no quarter.|
|give someone a run for their money||try hard to defeat another person||Connor is going to give Floyd a run for his money.|
|go Dutch||split the bill||The couple always likes to go Dutch and share their living expenses.|
|gravy train||high pay for minimal work||Government workers ride the gravy train while sitting at their desks doing nothing.|
|I bet||I think so||I bet she's going to arrive late to work again.|
|lion's share||the majority of something||You took the lion's share of the money. All I got was a couple pennies.|
|live from hand to mouth||live on very little money||During the depression, we had to live from hand to mouth.|
|nest egg||saved money||She has a huge nest egg, so she doesn't have to work anymore.|
|pay a king's ransom||pay a lot of money||The team had to pay a king's ransom for the superstar.|
|penny pincher||a frugal person||Victor is such a penny pincher. He never buys anything for anyone.|
|pour money down the drain||waste money||Betting on an injured horse is like pouring money down the drain.|
|put in my two cents||give my opinion||Can I put in my two cents? I have something important to say.|
|put your money where your mouth is||stop talking and start acting upon something||You should put your money where your mouth is and start your new business idea.|
|rags to riches||going from being poor to wealthy||Jake went from rags to riches after he won the lottery.|
|save for a rainy day||save money in case something unfortunate happens||You should save for a rainy day. You could get injured or become unemployed.|
|time is money||time is valuable||We can't wait here all day. Time is money!|
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