PHRASAL VERBS – Money & Spending

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Hi, everyone!

Here is another post about phrasal verbs.

Phrasal verbs are idiomatic phrases consisting of a verb and another element, typically an adverb or a preposition, or a combination of both. They are widely used by native speakers of English so it’s a good idea to try to learn some of them.

We’ll see some of the basic phrasal verbs to describe Money & Spending in this post. I’m sure you’ve already heard some or maybe all of them and will be able to understand the meaning by the context, so here we go!

AMOUNT TO / ADD UP TO – total, sum up. (somar)


She lost all her savings, which amounted to / added up to a large sum of money.

BRING IN – make money. (gerar, render)

Tourism is a big industry which brings in billions of dollars every year.

BUILD UP – increase, accumulate. (aumentar, acumular)

Immigrants have helped to build up the wealth of this country.

COME INTO  – acquire, inherit. (receber, herdar)


She came into some money on her mom’s death.

CUT BACK ON – reduce, economize.  (reduzir, economizar)

The government had to cut back on public spending.

GET INTO (debt) – to be involved in debt. (envolver-se em dívidas, endividar-se)

Make sure you don’t get into debt.

GIVE AWAY – give, make a gift. (doar)

She has given away all of her jewellery.

LIVE ON – use for money.  (viver de, mater-se de)

I don’t have enough to live on.

PAY FOR – make a payment. (pagar)

We have to have money to pay for the food we eat.

PAY IN – put money into a bank, deposit. (depositar)

I paid in $100 this month.

PAY OFF – pay all of the money owed. (quitar)


She paid off all of her debts by selling her house.

PUT DOWN – make an initial payment, contribute with part of the money. (dar de entrada)

I had to put down the first month’s rent as a security deposit.

SELL OFF – dispose of by selling, get rid of something for a low price. (vender, liquidar)

The land was sold off to developers.

SELL OUT – all be sold. (esgotar)

Shops immediately sold out the product.

SET / PUT ASIDE  – separate, keep it for a particular purpose. (separar, dexar de lado)


I always try to set / put some money aside in case of emergencies.

TAKE OUT (a loan) – borrow money with interest. (pegar um empréstimo)

We took out a loan to buy the car.

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