10 EXPRESSIONS ABOUT MONEY
- FORK OUT (phrasal verb, informal) - to spend a lot of money on something, not because you want to but because you have to.
«I have to fork out £100 for the accident.»
- COUGH UP (informal) – to give someone money, information etc when you do not really want to.
«The taxi waited 20 minutes. I had to cough up the extra money.»
- PENNY WISE – POUND FOOLISH (proverb) – to be extremely careful with smaller amounts of money, but to lose any gains you might receive from those savings on extravagant larger purchases.
- LOOK AFTER THE PENNIES AND THE POUNDS WILL LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES (proverb) – you will always have money if you are attentive to your finances, especially the smallest amounts or transactions.
- A WHIP ROUND (Informal) - if a group of people have a whip-round, they all give some money so that they can buy something together
“We had a whip-round to pay for a taxi to the railway station.“
- MORE MONEY THAN SENSE – to have a lot of money but spend it frivolously or unwisely.
“That guy must have more money than sense—why else would he buy such an expensive car?”
- A FOOL AND HIS MONEY ARE SOON PARTED (proverb) – foolish people make purchases without consideration.
“Albert is known for giving waiters enormous tips-a fool and his money are soon parted.“
- TIGHTEN ONE’S BELT – to economise (literally, eat less and get thinner).
“Business was bad this year, so no jollies, no office party this Christmas; we have to tighten our belts.”
- MAKE ENDS MEET - to have only just enough money to buy the things you need.
«When Mike lost his job, we could barely make ends meet.”
- IN FOR A PENNY, IN FOR A POUND (proverb) – once you have decided to start doing something, you may as well do it as well as you can, even if this means spending a lot of time, energy, money, etc.
«The new carpet made everything else look old, so we thought ‘in for a penny, in for a pound’, and we painted the room and bought a new sofa too!»
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