Money Terms

English Words for Money

Bucks:
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A slang word for bills or dollars.

“This new jacket cost me thirty bucks.”

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To spot money:
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To give a person cash for a specific small purchase if this person does not have any money on them.

“Can you spot me three dollars? I want to get a drink but I forgot my wallet.”

Benjamin:
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The one hundred dollar bill has the picture of Benjamin Franklin on it. So people call this a “Benjamin.

“Maybe if you show him some Benjamins he’ll start talking!”

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To go broke/To be broke:
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To get to a point where you have spent all of your money.

“John is currently broke. He has no money in his bank account. He went broke because he gambles to much.”

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Spendthrift
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A person who spends too much money.

“My sister is a spendthrift. She buys everything she sees so she’s always broke.”

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To save it for a rainy day:
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To save a certain amount of money, usually unexpected money, for a day when you may need it.

“I won a hundred dollars playing poker last night. I think I’ll save it for a rainy day. I could pay the electric bill with it, but that would be boring.”

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To be cheap:
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To not be willing to spend money. A person who could pay for things for other people, but chooses not. He would rather keep the money for himself.

“That guy is so cheap! He won’t even get his daughter a new pair of sneakers.”

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Tightwad:
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A person who doesn’t spend any money, even though he does have it. This is an insulting term. It means that this person is cheap.

Her husband is a tightwad. He won’t let her buy anything.

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To be loaded:
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To have a lot of money to your name.

“Brad Pitt has got to be loaded. He’s been in a lot of movies.”

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Filthy rich:
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To have a abnormally large amount of wealth.

“When a college athlete signs on with a pro team in this country he usually becomes filthy rich overnight.”

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To be strapped for cash:
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To not have any money to pay for something.

“Why is Bob always strapped for cash when it is his turn to pay for lunch? Does he ever have money?”

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To throw money down the toilet:
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To waste money on a stupid cause.

“Fixing that old car up is throwing money down the toilet. It will never run well again. There’s been too much damage.”

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Cash cow:
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Describes a business or source of income that brings in a lot of money.

“His ice-cream stand is a cash cow. He makes a load of money each day selling those dumb cones!”

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To cost an arm and a leg:
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To cost a huge amount of money.

“That car cost me an arm and a leg. I won’t be able to buy anything for a while now.”

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A five spot:
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A five dollar bill.

“I don’t have any money on me. Can you lend me a five spot?”

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