Money Expressions

There are lots of funny expressions people use when they talk about money. See if any of these are familiar.

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Too little, too late.

A Pretty Penny

A considerable amount of money.

At the Drop of a Dime

Do something instantly.

Cash Cow

Something that earns you a continuous flow of profits.

Cash On the Barrelhead

To pay cash for something at the moment of purchase.

Chicken Feed

A small amount.

Dollars for Doughnuts

A guarantee or certainty.

Don't Take Any Wooden Nickels

Don’t get cheated.

Drop a Dime

To inform the police about someone's illegal activities.

Golden Rule

Treat people the way you want to be treated. (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.)

Gravy Train

A job that pays a lot for little effort.

In for a Penny, In for a Pound

When taking a chance, go all the way and take the risk, not just part way and some of the risks.

In Clover

In a favorable financial situation.

Keep the Wolf from the Door

To earn enough money to maintain a minimal level of survival.

Midas Touch

The ability to earn money easily.

Money for Jam

An easy way to make money.

Nickel Tour

To show someone around a place. (Also know as the Fifty-Cent Tour).

Not for Love nor Money

Wouldn’t do something for anything, no matter what the reward.

Pay the Piper

To accept the consequences of something that you’ve done wrong.

Red Cent

A small amount of money.

Scot Free

As in “Get away Scot Free.” To avoid payment (or punishment).

Show Me the Money

When you want to know how much you’ll be paid, or when you want to know how much something is worth.

Sticky Fingers

A tendency to be a thief.

The Penny Dropped

To understand something long after everyone else has understood it.

Turn on a Dime

To turn in a very small space.

Two Bits

Twenty-five cents.

You are So Money!

You’re awesome.

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