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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


from:   'out of your own pocket'   to:  'rob Peter to pay Paul'

  • out of your own pocket
    • If you pay for something out of your own pocket, you cover the cost with your own money.
      "Breakfast is included but you must pay for lunch out of your own pocket."

  • pay over the odds
    • If you pay over the odds, you pay too much or you pay more for something than it is really worth.
      "She's willing to pay over the odds for an original Kelly handbag to add to her collection."

  • (be) paid peanuts
    • If you are paid peanuts, you have a very low salary or you earn very little.
      "Jenny has a very interesting job, but she's paid peanuts."

  • (the) penny drops
    • When a person has difficulty understanding or realising something, and then the penny drops, they finally understand.
      "The teasing continued for some time until the penny dropped and the boy realised it was a joke!"

  • in for a penny, in for a pound
    • This expression means that once you start doing something, you might just as well do it wholeheartedly and not stop at half-measures.
      "Joe finally accepted to be on the committee, then he accepted to be the chairman. "In for a penny, in for a pound'." he said!"

  • a penny for your thoughts
    • This phrase is used to ask someone what they are thinking about.
      "You look pensive. A penny for your thoughts."

  • turn up like a bad penny
    • If someone turns up like a bad penny, they appear at a place or event where they are not welcome or not wanted.
      "I try to avoid Jessica, but wherever I go she turns up like a bad penny!"

  • pick up the tab
    • If you pick up the tab, you pay the bill or pay the cost of something.
      "There was a celebration lunch for the team and Bill picked up the tab."

  • play the market
    • If you play the market, you buy stocks and shares in the hope of making a profit when you sell them.
      "It's always tempting to play the market, but it's more risky at the present time."

  • price oneself out of the market
    • If you price yourself out of the market, you charge such a high price for your goods or services that nobody wants to buy them.
      "Danny was so eager to make money that he priced himself out of the market."

  • (go from) rags to riches
    • If a person goes from rags to riches, they start off being very poor and become very rich and successful.
      "By renovating old houses in the right places, he went from rags to riches."

  • rob Peter to pay Paul
    • If someone robs Peter to pay Paul, they pay one debt with money borrowed from someone else, thus creating another debt.
      "David borrowed from a friend to pay his overdraft, a typical case of robbing Peter to pay Paul."

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