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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


MONEY - FINANCE - WEALTH, page 7

Idioms
from:   'saddled with debt'   to:  'on one's uppers'


  • saddled with debt
    • If you are saddled with debt, the amount of money that you owe is a financial burden.
      "Be careful. If you buy a house that is too expensive, you could be saddled with debt for many years."

  • scrimp and save / scrimp and scrape
    • If you scrimp and save, you spend as little as possible over a certain period of time in order to save money.
      "The parents scrimped and saved for years so that their children could have a college education."

  • set you back
    • The sum of money something sets you back is the amount it costs you.
      "Changing the heating system will set us back about $5000."

  • on a shoestring
    • If you do something on a shoestring, you do it with very little money.
      "When I was a student I lived on a shoestring."

  • (put) skin in the game
    • If you put skin in the game, you show your confidence in a company by making a considerable investment or a financial commitment.
      "I got good news today. Apparently a serious investor is willing to put skin in the game."

  • slice/share of the cake
    • When people feel entitled to a share of the profits or benefits, they want a (larger) slice of the cake.
      "Since profits are higher this year, the workers feel they deserve a bigger slice of the cake."

  • slush fund
    • A slush fund is an account or fund in politics or business where money is set aside for various unofficial purposes, often unethical or even illegal.
      "A large commission taken from the slush fund ensured the success of the negotiations."

  • splash out
    • If you splash out on something, you spend a lot of money on it.
      "Chloe's parents really splashed out on her wedding."

  • it's a steal
    • If you find something that you want for a very low price, much lower than what it is worth, you can say 'it's a steal!'
      "He's selling it for $20? At that price it's a steal!"

  • sting someone (for an amount of money)
    • If you sting someone for an amount of money, you make them pay for something, usually in a deceitful manner.
      "Not only was the lunch boring but I was stung for $25!"

  • suit every pocket
    • This term refers to the amount of money you are able to spend or the price you can afford.
      "The store offers a wide range of computers at prices to suit every pocket."

  • on one's uppers
    • Someone who is on their uppers has very little money or not enough to cover their needs.
      "Because he was clearly on his uppers when he was hired, he was given an advance in salary."

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