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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


from:   'cut one's losses'   to:  'on the house'

  • cut one's losses
    • If you end or withdraw from something that is already failing, in order to reduce the loss of money, time or effort invested in it, you cut your losses.
      "The project is heading for failure. Let's cut our losses before it's too late."

  • deep pockets
    • A person or organisation who has deep pockets has a lot of money.
      "Andy's business is not doing well at the moment. He says he needs a friend with deep pockets!"

  • down payment
    • When someone makes a down payment, they pay part of the total amount agreed when signing a purchase deal or contract.
      "Emma and Paul are excited. They put a down payment on their first house yesterday."

  • go Dutch
    • To go Dutchwith somebody means to share the cost of something such as a meal or a concert.
      "Young people today tend to go Dutch when they go out together."

  • eat/dip into one's savings
    • If you eat or dip into your savings, you spend part of the money you have put aside for future use.
      "I had to dip into my savings to have the car repaired."

  • feather your nest
    • To say of someone that they are feathering their nest means that they are taking advantage of their position in order to obtain money and enjoy a comfortable life.
      "Some people think that government officials use their position to feather their own nest."

  • feed the kitty
    • If you feed the kitty, you contribute to a collection of money called a 'kitty' in order to help a good cause.
      "Come on! Every little helps. You should feed the kitty for a good cause!"

  • give someone a run for their money
    • If you give someone a run for their money, you can do something as well as them, or almost as well.
      "He didn't win but he gave some of the professional players a (good) run for their money."

  • gnomes of Zurich
    • This is a disparaging term for Swiss bankers who control a lot of money and are said to be uninterested in the provenance of funds and protect their clients' identity.
      "The gnomes of Zurich refuse to cooperate with the investigating officials."

  • golden handcuffs
    • The term golden handcuffs refers to a large sum of money or a generous financial arrangement granted to an executive as an incentive to stay in their job, or to ensure long-term cooperation after their departure.

  • golden handshake
    • A golden handshake is a generous sum of money given to a person when they leave a company or retire (sometimes given to encourage early retirement).
      "Since the village has become fashionable, he charges for every photograph taken of his house - he's on a gravy train!"

  • gravy train
    • If someone is on the gravy train, they have found an easy way to make money, one that requires little effort and is without risk.
      "Since the village has become fashionable, he charges for every photograph taken of his house - he's on a gravy train!"

  • hard up
    • If you are hard up, you have very little money.
      "We were so hard up that we had to sleep in the car."

  • hit pay dirt
    • If you hit (or strike) pay dirt, you are lucky and suddenly find yourself in a successful money-making situation.
      "Charlie finally hit pay dirt with his latent invention."

  • on the house
    • Something which ison the house is offered free of charge, usually in a bar or restaurant.
      "The new owner of the pub offered us a drink on the house."

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