10 EXPRESSIONS ABOUT MONEY

    1. 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.»

    1. 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.»

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.“

    1. 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?

    1. 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.

    1. 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.”

    1. 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.”

    1. 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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