…but not by chinking in pockets! I didn’t understand this the first time I heard it. It was explained to me that people who have money are in a stronger position to influence others. I still don’t quite get it!
They have more money than sense
is a criticism of those who seem to spend unwisely. Not a modern phenomenon! A proverb is
a fool and his money are soon parted.
They have pots of money.
Some people keep their small change in jars, but the rich are unlikely to have a shelf with rows of jars like Winnie-the-Pooh’s honey!
In the kitty.
A kitty is a joint fund. For example, a few friends out for a meal might put money in a kitty to pay for their drinks.
Money for jam.
Jam can be a good fund-raiser, but it takes a bit of effort to make it. Jazz musicians may jam too…improvising. The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase, Saying and Quotation has this under “Success” with various explanations.
It’s his bread and butter.
This is what someone does for a living and (not surprisingly) is very good at.
Push the boat out.
Spend more than you normally would, perhaps for a special occasion. The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines this as “celebrate”.
Spend a penny.
Before decimalisation in Britain, public toilets (or conveniences) had coin-operated doors, which required 1d. (one old penny) to unlock them. Hence the euphemism of spending a penny arose for going to the toilet.
Pay someone peanuts.
A low wage. This expression has been expanded to something along the lines of “If you pay peanuts, you can expect to get monkeys!”
If I had a pound for every time…
someone had asked me… …I’d be a rich man/woman.
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Perhaps this originated as a notice in a church.
Strike a bargain.
Come to an agreement over a price.
Into the bargain.
Not usually to do with money. This is another way of saying “as well”, but often when the additional thing is unhelpful.
A French phrase which has entered the English language. People who are not used to having money often flaunt it unlike those who have
which may have been in their family for generations.
Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
Anyone going to buy a horse would inspect it carefully and would possibly be able to tell its age from its teeth. However it would seem very ungrateful to treat a gift in this way.
Give someone a run for their money.
This can mean give them some competition.
A good run for one’s money
is a racing expression. Presumably, someone backed a winner. It is used in other contexts too.
Literally not given enough change; figuratively, swindled.
She cut him off without a shilling.
A shilling was never a large sum of money. The coin which used to be called a shilling has been replaced by 5p. It must have been a heart-breaking situation to lose contact with someone in these circumstances!
No expense spared.
This can be used literally or ironically. However sarcasm can be ambiguous.
Living beyond one’s means.
This is what Mr Micawber warned against. If you do it for too long, you will not be able to
make ends meet
and could end up
in queer street
Spending money like there’s no tomorrow.
Proverbs Chapter 21 verse 20 (NIV) In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.