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Alphabetical List of Idioms M, page 7

Idioms M, page 7:  from:   'mixed blessing'   to:   'see the colour of somone's money'

  • mixed blessing
    • Something pleasant which also has disadvantages is called a mixed blessing.
      "He inherited an 18th century mansion but the maintenance costs make it a mixed blessing."

  • mixed feelings
    • When you have mixed feelings about something, you react to it with conflicting emotions; you are happy and unhappy at the same time.
      "I had mixed feelings about leaving the company. I was excited about my new job but sad to be leaving my colleagues."

  • moment of truth
    • A critical or decisive time when you face the reality of a situation, and find out if your efforts have succeeded, is called the moment of truth.
      "The moment of truth has arrived - I'm going to serve my first soufflé!"

  • money burns a hole in your pocket
    • To say that money burns a hole in somebody's pocket means that they are eager to spend money quickly or extravagantly.
      "As soon as Wendy gets her salary she goes shopping. Money burns a hole in her pocket!"

  • money can't buy happiness
    • To say that money can't buy happiness means that wealth and material goods are not a guarantee of long-term happiness.
      "The high number of lottery winners who are depressed seems to prove that money can't buy happiness."

  • money to burn
    • People who have money to burn have so much money that they can spend it on anything they want.
      "A leather jacket is no problem for Sarah. She's got money to burn!"

  • money for jam
    • A very easy way of earning money is called money for jam.
      "All you've got to do is hand out brochures. It's money for jam!"

  • money for old rope
    • Money earned from a task that requires very little effort is called money for old rope.
      "Getting paid for watering the garden is money for old rope!"

  • 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 pocket money Charlie. Money doesn't grow on trees you know!"

  • money is the root of all evil
    • This expression means that the desire to make or gain money motivates people to do evil things.
      “Money was the reason for the murder. As always, money is the root of all evil.”

  • 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."

  • money pit
    • A place, project or financial commitment that requires you to spend an increasingly large amount of money, more than was initially anticipated, is referred to as a ‘money pit’.
      "The renovation of the charming old house turned out to be a money pit."

  • 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!"

  • 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 foolish manner.
      "He celebrated the birth of the baby by buying a sports car. He's got more money than sense!"

  • put money where your 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 in.
      "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 quantities.
      "Bob's business is so successful, he's raking in the money."

  • see the colour of somebody'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.
      "We want to see the colour of his money before shipping the goods."

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