10 Money Related Idioms

10 Money Related Idioms

Continuing on with this month’s topic: Money, we thought that we would share with you some of our favourite Money related idioms. As with all idioms these phrases are a great way to make your English sound much more natural and conversational and can all be used in a variety of different contexts.

To Look Like a Million Dollars

To look very good.

  • The actress looked like a million dollars when she went to accept her award.

The earliest printed example of this idiom is believed to have been published in the Buffalo Evening News in 1902 in an account of a baseball game between Buffalo and Newark: At that the Burn’emites looked like a million dollars for the first six innings of the first game. 

Time is Money

Time is valuable (so don’t waste it)

  • Time is money and I don’t want to waste it talking with my supervisor because he always wants to argue with me!

This idiom actually originates from Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the USA. In 1748 Franklin wrote in his book, Advice to a Young Tradesman:

Remember that time is money. He that idly loses five shillings’ worth of time loses five shillings, and might as prudently throw five shillings into the sea.

At All Costs

To do something at any expense of time, effort or money.

  • We want to send our child to a good school at all costs.

The origins of this Idiom are unclear, however it is believed that it started to gain popularity during the first half of the 1800s.

On the House

Something that is free provided/paid for by the owner of the business.

  • All the drinks at the restaurant were on the house for the rest of the evening.

This idiom is believed to have first been used in an article published in the Kansas City Times and Star in 1889: The first drink Thursday was ‘on the house’ in the leading saloons.

Break Even

Have equal income to expenses.

  • Our company was able to break even only after 6 months of operation.

Although this Idiom is often used now in a financial context, it is believed to have originally been used as a gambling term, often used when betting on card games.

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Get One’s Money’s Worth

To receive a good service for the price paid.

  • The wedding band played four extra songs, so we really got our money’s worth.

On the Money

Exactly the right place, time or idea.

  • Our estimate of this years budget was right on the money.

To Make a Killing

To make a lot of money suddenly.

  • We made a killing at the casino, we came home with so much money.

This phrase is believed to have first been used in 1888 in the weekly in the American weekly humour magazine Texas Siftings:

(on Fred Jarvis winning $15,000 in the Louisiana State Lottery Drawing) Many..would like to know something relative to the man who was fortunate enough to ‘make a killing’….”

Worth its Weight in Gold

To be very valuable/efficient.

  • My new manager is very smart and worth her weight in gold.

Hit the Jackpot

To make a large amount of money.

  • I think we’ve hit the Jackpot with our latest marketing campaign, our sales have doubled!

The word Jackpot is often used as the top prize in a game or contest (such as the lottery or a game of poker) so to hit the jackpot is to be like winning a valuable prize or a big sum of money.

Teachify Teacher Chit Chat – Emotions

Teachify Teacher Chit Chat - Emotions

Welcome back everybody, I hope you haven’t missed us too much and I have no doubt that you’ve been looking forward to watching another of our monthly chitchats.

This time Lewis and Shannon talk about emotions, in particular, they have chosen to discuss anger, embarrassment and fear before finishing off with stress.

Just to recap, the idea behind these chitchats is for you to refresh your memory of vocabulary and topics studied in class. Yet, if you are not one of our students or if you’ve missed classes recently then don’t worry.

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Our chitchats are designed to be interesting for everybody and whether you’re just starting to learn English or you want to perfect your knowledge, this video and blog will be beneficial for you. With language learning it’s always a good idea to study little and often so try to watch the video a few times, perhaps on different days, and you’ll understand more and more.

Other than that, if you would like to work on your pronunciation, I encourage you to try to imitate the way we speak and use our speech as a model for your pronunciation. Last but not least, below, as usual, you have a short list of some of the most difficult words we used along with a synonym and an example in context.

So sit back, make yourself comfortable and enjoy the talk!

Interesting Vocabulary

  • Drive someone nuts – make someone angry. “Slow walkers really drive me nuts.”
  • Rush – do things in a hurry. “This annoys me when I rush though the city.”
  • Get on someone’s nerves – make someone angry. “Slow Wi-Fi gets on my nerves.”
  • Stumble over – to stutter or stammer when speaking. “I used to stumble over my words when giving a presentation.”
  • Feel left out – feel excluded. “It makes me feel left out.”
  • Awkward – uncomfortable. “I agree, it’s quite an awkward thing.”
  • Tunes – songs. “I was just listening to my tunes.”
  • Mortified – extremely embarrassed. “I couldn’t believe it, I was mortified.”
  • Go red – you face or cheeks become red as you’re embarrassed. “It was horrible, I went bright red.”
  • Creepy crawlies – insects. “I’m a coward, I’m terrified of creepy crawlies.”
  • Wrap up – finish. “Before we wrap up, let’s talk about stress.”

Teachify Teacher Chit Chat – Tourism

Teachify Teacher Chit Chat - Tourism

Welcome back to our monthly chitchat everybody and I hope you’re delighted to watch us having another silly chat, you must know by now, but in this episode you’ll see Lewis and Mickey having a good old chitchat about our monthly topic, Tourism. 

To kick off the conversation, Mickey told us about his experience with virtual reality with rollercoasters and a medieval tour of Seville with one of our clients, Past View Experience.  If you haven’t heard of them, then I strongly recommend you check them out for an immersing experience taking a glimpse of what Seville was like hundreds of years ago.

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Following on from that, you will be able to observe an interesting game of would you rather.  For those of you that don’t know this activity, would you rather is another way of saying would you prefer and we use it to answer some dilemmas of would we would prefer to do.  For example, would you rather go backpacking around Asia or go on a luxury cruise ship in the Mediterranean sea.  Let us know which option you would go for! 

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If this introduction has sparked your interest then I suggest you watch our chitchat right now, what are you waiting for? I know I’m looking forward to hearing from you to see what you think of our discussion. 

Last but not least, below you can find some synonyms and examples of a few of the more complicated words and phrases we used. 


Useful Vocabulary

Seamless = smooth.  “Wow, that was a seamless transition from coal to renewable energy.”

Go backpacking = to travel on a limited budget using a big backpack.  “I went backpacking around South East Asia when I was 24.”

Without a shadow of a doubt = no doubt.  “Yes, I would do that…without a shadow of a doubt.”

Get travel sick or sea sick = become ill because of movement or motion.  “I get travel sick so I would prefer to go wine tasting.”

Get into something = become interested in something.  “I’m getting into wines at the moment because two of our teachers really like wine.”

To look forward to + noun/ing = to be excited about something.  “I am looking forward to going home for Christmas.”

To set off = to begin a journey or depart.  “I’ll be there in 30 minutes, I’m just setting off now.” (I’m leaving my house.)