Saturday, November 24, 2012

Idioms on Money

  • All that glitters is not gold : This phrase means that appearances can be very misleading and that everything that looks priceless doesn’t have to be.
    • I bought the expensive looking watch but it stopped working after a week, I realised that all that glitters is not gold.
  • Blank cheque : To leave a cheque blank is to allocate unlimited funds to a project or a person.
    • I was told that the project had to be successful and I would be given a blank cheque for the same.
  • Dime a dozen : This phrase is used to refer to something that is very easy to procure and thus of little value.
    • Don’t bother with these, they’re available dime a dozen.
  • Easy money : The phrase is used to refer to money that can be earned without much effort.
    • The task was simple and got him easy money.
  • Feel like a million bucks : The phrase is used to refer to a feeling of immense happiness.
    • Now that I’m married, I feel like a million bucks.
  • Give somebody a run for their money : This phrase is used for someone who is better than a professional in a particular sphere.
    • Rajesh may not be well known but he can give most professional singers a run for their money.
  • Go broke : This phrase is used to refer to a condition where someone loses all their money.
    • Ravi spent all the money last night and now he’s broke.
  • Make ends meet : This phrase is used to refer to a situation where there is enough money for daily expenses and needs.
    • I was unable to make ends meet with my meagre income.
  • Not worth a cent : This phrase is used to refer to an object that is worth nothing, not even a cent which is an exceedingly small amount of money.
    • Don’t buy this house, it isn’t worth a cent.
  • Worth your salt : this phrase is used when something is worth the amount it costs.
    • Buy this car; it’s worth your salt.

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