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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Money - Finance - Wealth

(Idioms page 2 :  deep pockets  → on the house)

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 Dutch with 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 have a comfortable life.
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!
feel the pinch When someone feels the pinch, they begin to suffer from a lack of money.
With the drop in tourism, hotels and restaurants are beginning to feel the pinch.
gnomes of Zurich This is a disparaging term for Swiss bankers who control a lot of money, 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).
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 is on the house is offered free of charge, usually in a bar or restaurant.
The new owner offered us a drink on the house.
   
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