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.

Check out these 5 Car-tastic Driving Related Idioms!

Check out These Car-Tastic Driving Related Idioms!

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In this week’s blog post we are going to check out some driving related colloquial phrases. As usual these colloquial phrases are pretty useful and can be used in a variety of different situations.

1. All Roads Lead to Rome

Many methods will produce the same result, eg:

  • It doesn’t really matter which part of the project you start with all roads lead to Rome.

This idiom is believed to have been first used by French poet Alain de Lille in 1175 when he wrote: “A thousand roads lead a man forever towards Rome.”

2. Have one for the Road

To have a last alcoholic drink before leaving, eg:

  • Before I went home, she persuaded me to have one more for the road.

This phrase is thought to have originated from travelling salesmen in the early 1900s, who after a busy day of dealing with customers would have one last drink before returning home.

3. Put the Brakes on.

To Slow Something Down, eg:

  • Higher coal prices put the brakes on industrial activities in the second quarter.

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4. Down the Road

In the future, eg:

  • If you don’t do your homework now, it’ll be a problem down the road when you don’t know the material for the exam.

This idiom seems to have first appeared J.S Cutler’s poem Billy & I where in the 5th verse appears this line: “Well, Billy, we’re both great sinners, for we’ve both grown old, you know;
And we’ve only a little further adown the road to go;”

5. U Turn

A complete change in direction, eg:

  • My father has always invested conservatively but this month he invested in a U-Turn and backed a completely speculative company.


I hope that you found this post helpful, if you have any further questions, leave a comment below.

Add to Your English Colloquial Vocabulary With These 7 Home Related Idioms!

Add to Your English Colloquial Vocabulary With These 7 Home Related Idioms!

In today’s blog post we are going to look at 7 colloquial phrases which include the words house or home. As usual these idioms can be used in a variety of different ways and situations. So take a look and add some to your vocabulary!

1. Get on Like a House on Fire

To become friends with somebody very quickly and to have a lot of things in common.

  • Paul and Peter have so much to talk about, they get on like a house on fire.

This idiom dates back to the mid 1800s. The idea behind it is that with some people a friendship can develop as quickly as a house burns to the ground.

2. Home Truths

An unpleasant fact about yourself, usually pointed out by another person.

  • He needed somebody to tell him some home truths.

This one also dates back to the 1800s, however the origins are unclear. It could perhaps be a reference to the home being private, therefore ‘truths’ about the home would be secret or embarrassing.

3. Make Yourself at Home

To feel relaxed and to behave as if you were in your own home.

  • Relax, have a sit down and make yourself at home.

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4. To be Home and Dry

Having achieved or to be in sight of ones objective.

  • Real Betis are 3-0 up, they should be home and dry.

This Idiom alludes to a situation where you have finished your days work, gone home, had a shower, dried off and relaxed.

5. In House

Something that is done or carried out inside a company or organization.

  • At this company we carry out all of our training in house.

6. A House Warming Party

A Party you have when you move into a new house.

  • We’ve just moved to the area so we’ll be having a housewarming party at the weekend.

The term housewarming derives from the act of literally warming a house. Before central heating, guests would bring firewood and build fires to keep the house warm.

7. A Home From Home

A place where you feel as comfortable as you do in your own home.

  • The Hotel room was a real home from home

I hope that you found these helpful, if you have any further questions leave a comment below!

Dazzle Your Work Colleagues With These 8 Business Related Idioms!

Dazzle Your Work Colleagues With These 8 Business Related Idioms!

Following on from our post about age related idioms, we thought that we would share some of our favorite business related business and work related colloquial phrases. As usual, these idioms are not only limited to the world of work but can also be used in a variety of different situations!

1. In a Nutshell

To summarise something briefly, for example:

  • “Just give me the facts in a nutshell!”

This idiom dates back to 77AD and was first used by Roman writer Pliny when describing a copy of Homer’s Iliad, claiming that it was in such a tiny hand that it could fit into the “shell of a nut. “

2. To be on the Same Page

To agree on something, for example:

  • Let’s go over the contract once more to make sure that we are on the same page.
The origins of this idiom are unclear, though some believe that it relates to choir singers having to be on the same page when they were singing. The Idiom first began being used around the late 1970s.

3. A no Brainer

Something that is very obvious or easy, for example:

  • Making money at an investment bank is a no brainer.

This idiom dates back to 1959, originally meaning to be easily won. However around 10 years later  the meaning shifted to it’s current definition.

4. By the Book

To do things according to the rules, for example:

  • The policeman does everything by the book.

The ‘book’ in question is likely to be the bible as the original definition meant ‘I swear it to be true.’ The earliest example of it’s current definition can be found in Edgar Allen Poe’s Murders in Rue Morgue from 1845: “To have a retentive memory, and to proceed by ‘the book’, are points commonly regarded as the sum total of good playing.”

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5. To Touch Base

To make contact with someone. For example:

  • I will touch base with you later on today.

This idiom most likely stems from baseball, as ‘touching’ each ‘base’ is a vital part of the game.

6. Cut Throat

Very intense or aggressive competition.

  • Competition in the food retailing business is cut throat.

7. Go the Extra Mile

Do more than what’s expected, for example:

        We go the extra mile to ensure our customers get the best shopping experience.


This idiom funnily enough dates all the way back to the bible: “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.” According to Roman law, Roman soldiers could order a Jewish person to carry his pack for one mile. In this quote Jesus is asking his followers to go 2 miles instead of one.

8. See Something Through

Continue something until its finished, for example:

  • I want to see this project through before taking on another one.


I hope that you found this post helpful, if you have any questions leave a comment below!