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⭐Made of money
Definition:
Be rich.
Example:
She can’t have another car. Her husband is not made of money!
⭐Make a fast buck
Definition:
To earn money without much effort.
Example:
If you have got any idea of how to make a fast buck, please tell me!
⭐Marry money
Definition:
To marry a rich person.
Example:
She married money and got rich.
⭐Minting it
Definition:
Earning a lot of money quickly.
Example:
The restaurant is minting it. Thanks to the new manager.
⭐Money for jam
Definition:
Said about a job when it is an easy way of earning money.
Example:
Selling ice-cream is money for jam when it is very hot.
⭐Money for old rope
Definition:
Said about a job when it is an easy way of earning money.
Example:
Selling ice-cream is money for old rope when it is very hot.
⭐Money spinner
Definition:
A business or product that makes a lot of money for someone.
Example:
Internet commerce is becoming a real money-spinner.
⭐Money talks
Definition:
Money talks suggest that with money people can get whatever they want.
Example:
She got what she wanted. Well you know money talks!
⭐Not come cheap
Definition:
Said about something that is of good quality and is therefore expensive.
Example:
Fast cars don’t come cheap.
⭐Pick up the tab
Definition:
The idiom to pick up the tab means to pay the bill.
Example:
John picks up the tab whenever he has dinner with his friends.
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⭐Put money on somebody or something
Definition:
To bet money or to believe that someone will accomplish something or that something will happen.
Example:
He will pass the exam, I’d put money on it.
⭐Quote a price
Definition:
State in advance the price for something
Example:
The mason quoted a price of $500to fix the roof of my house.
⭐Rags to riches
Definition:
The phrase rags-to-riches refers to any situation in which a person rises from poverty to wealth.
Example:
He was homeless and went on to create the largest and most successful service company in the country. It’s really a rags-to-riches story.
⭐Strapped for cash
Definition:
The idiom strapped for cash means to be short of money.
Example:
I’m strapped for cash, can you lend me ten dollars?
⭐Time is money
Definition:
A proverb which means that one should not waste time, because one could be using it to earn money.
Example:
I have to wake up and go to work, time is money
⭐Turn up like a bad penny
Definition:
A person or thing which is unpleasant, disreputable, or otherwise unwanted
Example:
He always turns up like a bad penny.
⭐Worth its weight in gold
Definition:
It refers to someone or something that is valuable.
Example:
The new manager cut down the company’s expenses by 30%. She is really worth her weight in gold.
⭐All that jazz
Definition:
And other similar things.
Example:
They enjoyed the party: cocktails, dancing, and all that jazz.
⭐Blow one’s own horn
Definition:
To brag; to talk boastfully.
Example:
Nancy likes to blow her own horn.
⭐Call the tune
Definition:
To be the one who controls a situation; to have the most power and authority in a situation
Example:
In any deal you have with banks, it’s them who call the tune.
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⭐Chin music
Definition:
Talk, conversation
Example:
When they meet, there will be plenty of chin music.
⭐Clean as a whistle
Definition:
If someone is as clean as a whistle they are perfectly clean.
Example:
She is clean as a whistle.
⭐Draw in one’s horns
Definition:
To back down from a fight
Example:
He wanted to fight again but we managed to calm him down and get him to draw in his horns.
⭐Fine-tune
Definition:
To make small adjustments to something until optimization is achieved
Example:
They need to fine-tune their plan before they start the project.
⭐Have to face the music
Definition:
Accept or face the unpleasant consequences of one’s actions.
Example:
Leila didn’t manage to finish the job on time and had to face the music.
⭐It takes two to tango
Definition:
the expression it takes two to tango means that for something to work properly, the cooperation of both parties is needed.
Example:
For the success of the negotiations, both companies should make some concessions; it takes two to tango, you know.
⭐Lock horns
Definition:
To come into conflict.
Example:
I don’t want to lock horns with you. Let’s settle this peacefully.
⭐Make chin music
Definition:
Talk or chatter.
Example:
The boss was furious because he found them sitting there making chin music instead of doing the job.
⭐Music to someone’s ears
Definition:
Some good news; a spoken expression which is pleasing
Example:
The kind flattering way he used to talk to her was music to her ears.
⭐Pull in one’s horns
Definition:
To back down from a fight
Example:
They stopped making investments. They pulled in their horns.
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⭐Stop the music
Definition:
Stop everything.
Example:
A: (Entering a room full of people doing various things) Stop the music!
B: What?
A: I have an important announcement!
⭐Strike a chord
Definition:
If something strikes a chord with you, it reminds you of something, it seems familiar to you or you are interested in it.
Example:
That woman struck a chord with me. It seems to me that I had seen her before.
⭐Toot one’s own horn
Definition:
To boast
Example:
She really likes to toot her own horn.
⭐Who pays the piper calls the tune
Definition:
One who pays for something controls it.
Example:
If he pays for everything, he will have power over us all. You know, who pays the piper calls the tune
⭐Before you can say Jack Robinson
Definition:
Very quickliy.
Example:
He can do difficult mathemaical operations before you can say Jack Robinson.
⭐Benjamin of the family
Definition:
This refers to the youngest child of the family.
Example:
Kashif is the Benjamin of the family.
⭐Bob’s your uncle
Definition:
It is said to mean “No problem”, “the solution is simple”, “there you have it”
Example:
You want to go to the stadium? Go straight on until you reach the park, take the first left and Bob’s your uncle!
⭐By the name of
Definition:
Called.
Example:
I met a doctor by the name of Idrees.
⭐Call someone names
Definition:
To call someone by unpleasant, abusive or insulting names.
Example:
Because he called his teacher names, Faisal was punished.
⭐Every Tom, Dick and Harry
Definition:
Said about something that is common knowledge to everybody.
Example:
Every Tom, Dick and Harry knows what happened.
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⭐For Pete’s sake
Definition:
The phrase for Pete’s sake is used to express frustration, annoyance etc.
Example:
For Pete’s sake, turn off the TV! I need some rest.
⭐Freudian slip
Definition:
The phrase Freudian slip refers to a mistake in speech.
Example:
FOX News reported that “Obama bin Laden” was dead – an obvious Freudian slip.
⭐Go by the name of
Definition:
It means to be known by a specific name, a name that is not your real name.
Example:
She goes by the name of Lisa.
⭐I can’t put a name to someone
Definition:
Said when you can’t remmeber someone’s name.
Example:
She was my classmate. I remember her face but I can’t put a name to her.
⭐In name only
Definition:
not essentially.
Example:
They were married only in name; the fact is that they lived in different countries.
⭐It has someone’s name on it
Definition:
Said about somthing that belongs to someone or meant for someone.
Example:
This piece of cake has my name on it.
⭐Jekyll and Hyde
Definition:
Jekyll and Hyde refers to someone having a dual personality, one side of which is good and the other evil.
Example:
She’s a real Jekyll and Hyde. You never know when she will become unpleasant.
⭐Joe Bloggs
Definition:
An average typical man.
Example:
This car is very expensive and is not the sort of thing that Joe Bloggs would buy.
⭐Name is mud
Definition:
If someone’s name is mud they are in trouble, disgraced, or discredited.
Example:
If she doesn’t prove her innocence, her name will be mud.
⭐Nervous Nellie
Definition:
Someone whose personality and usual behavior are characterized by worry, insecurity, and timidity.
Example:
He is a nervous Nellie; He can’t make a decision without the approval of wife.

⭐Not be short of a bob or two
Definition:
It means to have a lot of money.
Example:
Her husband is not short of a bob or two.
⭐Patience of Job
Definition:
It means to have a great amount of patience.
Example:
In spite of their extreme poverty, they managed to raise ten children. They really have the patience of Job.
⭐Walter Mitty
Definition:
A person who is prone to fantastic daydreaming of personal triumphs.
Example:
If you are a Walter Mitty with Everest dreams, you need to bear in mind that when things go wrong up there, you may lose your life.
⭐You name it
Definition:
It means anything you say or choose
Example:
What would you like to eat? Fish, chicken, pizza? You name it, we’ve got everything here.
⭐A breath of fresh air
Definition:
Said about a new, fresh, and imaginative approach
Example:
The president says that the country needs a breath of fresh air.
⭐Be dead in the water
Definition:
Said when something has no chance of succeeding or of making any progress.
Example:
Our projects will be dead in the water if we don’t have a good plan.
⭐Be in deep water
Definition:
To be in serious trouble.
Example:
The government is in deep water because of its plans for tax increase.
⭐Be in hot water
Definition:
To be in a difficult situation
Example:
He was in hot water because of his speech about racism.
⭐Be in the land of the living
Definition:
Be awake or to be alive.
Example:
He was working all night long. I don’t think he’ll be in the land of the living before noon.
⭐Calm before the storm
Definition:
The calm before the storm is an unusual or false quiet period before a period of upheaval.
Example:
The negotiation between the two parties may be peaceful now. But don’t be misled! This is only the calm before the storm.

⭐Castles in the air
Definition:
Plans that are unlikely to happen.
Example:
Before you start building castles in the air, just think how much all this is likely to cost.
⭐Come into bloom
Definition:
To blossom, to start to produce flowers.
Example:
Look at the roses. They are just coming into bloom.
⭐Come under fire
Definition:
To be subject of criticism.
Example:
The president has come under fire for his decision to postpone the elections.
⭐Draw the shortest straw
Definition:
To be selected to do an undesirable task
Example:
I drew the short straw and got stuck doing the whole project alone.
⭐Drop in the bucket
Definition:
Something so strong that it doesn’t count or doesn’t have any importance or significance.
Example:
His contribution was just a drop in the bucket compared to the rest of the team.
⭐Gain ground
Definition:
To become popular, to make progress, to advance.
Example:
The new product gained ground in a very short time.
⭐Get into deep water
Definition:
To be in trouble.
Example:
He got into deep water when he joined that gang.
⭐In the air
Definition:
Said about something that is happening or about to happen.
Example:
Everybody in the company know that change is in the air.
⭐Make waves
Definition:
To cause trouble.
Example:
Please don’t make waves. We’re trying to settle all our problems.
⭐Not hold water
Definition:
Said when an explanation, a reason or an argument is not sound, strong or logical.
Example:
Her reasons just didn’t hold water.

⭐Oceans of
Definition:
A large amount of something.
Example:
Oceans of guests were at the party.
⭐Of the first water
Definition:
Of the best.
Example:
She is of the first water, a fine lady indeed.
⭐Rain or shine
Definition:
Whatever happens; no matter whether it is rainy or sunny.
Example:
I’ll be on time, rain or shine.
⭐Root and branch
Definition:
Completely.
Example:
They have reorganized their business root and branch.
⭐Sail against the wind
Definition:
To work to achieve something that is difficult because most people would oppose it.
Example:
The journalist is sailing against the wind in his attempt to change people’s negative attitude towards that politician.
⭐Sail close to the wind
Definition:
When you sail close to the wind you act just within the limits of what is legal or acceptable.
Example:
His business is doing well although he sometimes sail close to the wind.
⭐Salt of the earth
Definition:
Said about somone who is honest and good.
Example:
He is the salt of the earth. He always helps the poor.
⭐Sell ice to Eskimos
Definition:
To persuade people to go against their best interests or to accept something unnecessary
Example:
He’s such a smooth talker, he could sell ice to Eskimos.
⭐The chill wind of something
Definition:
Problems, trouble.
Example:
World economies are facing the chill wind of the recession.
⭐Under a cloud
Definition:
To be suspected of something.
Example:
After the murder of the kid, all the relatives were under a cloud of suspicion.

⭐Under the sun
Definition:
In existance.
Example:
If you want to spend your summer holiday, this is the most beautiful place under the sun.
⭐Up in the air
Definition:
Uncertain, unsettled.
Example:
The future of the company is still up in the air.
⭐Vale of tears
Definition:
The world considered as sad and harsh.
Example:
His grandfather left this vale of tears yesterday.
⭐Vanish into the air
Definition:
To disappear.
Example:
The money just vanished into the air. I can’t find it anywhere.
⭐When it rains, it pours
Definition:
It is said when bad things occur in large numbers.
Example:
First, he had a terrible accident. Then, his wife had a heart attack. Really when it rains, it pours.
⭐101
Definition:
In the American educational system 101 indicates an introductory course
Example:
You can find healthy recipes in any 101 cook book.
⭐A number cruncher
Definition:
Someone whose job is to work with numbers and mathematics.
Example:
He is a number cruncher. He works for a big firm of accountants.
⭐At sixes and sevens
Definition:
This idiom is used to describe a state of confusion
Example:
John is at sixes and sevens after the death of his wife.
⭐Be on cloud nine
Definition:
Feel extreme happiness or elation
Example:
She was on cloud nine when he proposed to marry her.
⭐By the numbers
Definition:
If you do something by the numbers, you are doing it in a strict, mechanical way, without using your imagination or creativity.
Example:
His work is done by the numbers. There is nothing original about it!

⭐Dressed up to the nines
Definition:
When someone is dressed up to the nines, they are wearing fashionable or formal clothes for a special occasion.
Example:
They were invited to a wedding . That’s why, they were dressed up to the nines.
⭐Feel like a million
Definition:
To feel like a million means to feel well and healthy, both physically and mentally.
Example:
It is a wonderful day! I feel like a million dollars.
⭐Give me five
Definition:
If you say give me five, you want someone to slap your open hand as a greeting or to show joy.
Example:
“Give me five!” shouted Alan after he scored a goal.
⭐Nine times out of ten
Definition:
Almost always.
Example:
In this country, nine times out of ten trains come late.
⭐Nine to five
Definition:
Said about a job with normal daytime hours, a job that begins at nine o’clock in the morning and finishes at five.
Example:
She’s tired of working nine to five.
⭐On all fours
Definition:
On all fours mean on one’s hands and knees.
Example:
He was on all fours, with his daughter on his back.
⭐Once bitten, twice shy
Definition:
If someone is said to be once bitten, twice shy, it means that once someone was hurt by something or someone, they will be afraid to try it again.
Example:
Since Leila broke up with her boyfriend, she has become very cautious about starting any new relationship. Once bitten, twice shy, you know!
⭐One-off
Definition:
Occurring once; one-time.
Example:
It is a one-off event.
⭐Public enemy number one
Definition:
The idiom public enemy number one refers to someone or something that people hate.
Example:
That terrorist is considered public enemy number one.
⭐Pull the other one
Definition:
Used to tell someone that you don’t believe what they have just said.
Example:
Sue, writing poems? Pull the other one – she can’t even write a correct sentence!
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