English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - M
|money doesn't grow on trees||To say that
money doesn't grow on trees means that
it is not plentiful or easily obtained.
Watch how you spend your money Alex. It doesn't grow on trees you know!
|money laundering||When people
launder money, they manage to conceal
the source of illegally-obtained money so
that it is believed to be legitimate.
Certain countries have been accused of facilitating money laundering.
|more money than sense||If you have
more money than sense, you have a lot
of money which you waste by spending it in a
He celebrated the birth of the baby by buying a sports car. He's got more money than sense!
|put money where mouth is||If you put your
money where your mouth is, not only do
you express your interest, you give
financial support to causes that you believe
If people are really interested in helping the underprivileged, they should put their money where their mouth is.
|rake in the money||If you rake in
the money, you make money in large
Bob's business is so successful, he's raking in the money.
|see colour of someone's money||If you want to
see the colour of somebody's money, you
want to be sure that the person in question
has enough money to pay you before you
accept to do something.
I want to see the colour of his money before shipping the goods.
|money spinner||If an activity is a
money spinner, it is a very
successful way of making money.
Washing cars was quite a money spinner when I was a student.
|money talks||Money talks
means that people with a lot of money have
power and influence.
The owner is a millionaire and he's influential - money talks!
|throw money at||If you throw
money at something, you try to solve a
problem by spending money on it, without
using any other methods.
The refugee problem cannot be solved just by throwing money at it.
|throw good money after bad||Someone who spends
additional money on something that was
already considered a bad investment is said
to throw good money after bad.
Buying a second-hand computer and then spending money to have it repaired is throwing good money after bad!
|your money's worth||If you get your
money's worth, you receive good value
for the amount of money you spend.
We bought a travel pass to use the public transport system and we really got our money's worth.
|monkey business||An activity which
is organised in a deceitful or dishonest way
is called monkey business.
The results announced seem suspicious - I think there's some monkey business going on.
|month of Sundays||This expression is
an amusing way of referring to a very long
period of time.
I haven't been to the theatre in a month of Sundays.
|over the moon||If you are over
the moon about something, you are very
happy about it.
When she heard the results of the exam, Caroline was over the moon!
|once in a blue moon||Something that
happens once in a blue moon happens
rarely or hardly ever.
She doesn't contact us very often. We hear from her once in a blue moon!
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