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Money idioms

TermDefinition
Back-of-the-envelope calculation a quick approximate calculation done informally.
Tighten one’s belt If you need to tighten your belt, you must spend your money carefully because there is less available.
Born with a silver spoon in your mouth A person who is born with a silver spoon in their mouth is born into a very rich family.
Cash cow A person who is a regular source of income
Money laundering When people launder money, they manage to conceal the source of illegally-obtained money so that it looks legitimate.
Be hard up If you are hard up, you have very little money.
On the house Something which is on the house is offered free of charge, usually in a bar or restaurant.
To go Dutch To go Dutch with somebody means to share the cost of something such as a meal or a concert.
To make ends meet If you find it difficult to pay for your everyday needs because you have very little money, it is hard for you to make ends meet.
Cost the earth If something costs the earth, it is very expensive.
 

 



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