Everybody knows the importance of learning some phrasal verbs, idioms and colloquial expressions, especially when you live in a foreign country. We always learn a lot of them by communicating with native speakers or watching movies and series. In this post, you learn some phrasal verbs, idioms and expressions to communicate in a more natural way when speaking English in a foreign country.
* on the breadline – very poor; with very little money to live on.
Most students are on/close to/below the breadline.
* pay sth out – spend a lot of money on sth, usually money you don’t want to spend.
I’ve just paid out $500 on getting the car fixed.
* be worse off – be poorer, unhappier, etc. than before.
If Rick loses his job we’ll be even worse off.
* fall back on sth – have sth to use when in difficulty (in this case money).
If I lose my job, I’ll have nothing to fall back on.
* lay / get your hands on sth – find or get sth that you want or really need.
I need to lay my hands on this offer.
* pay sth off – finish paying money that is owed for sth.
We should be able to pay off the debt within two years.
* pay your own way – pay for everything yourself without relying on others.
When my sister left our parents house, she was able to pay her own way very quickly as she got a great job.
* bail sb out – rescue sb from a difficult situation, usually with money.
* in the red – spending more money than you earn.
* make ends meet – to have just enough money to pay for the things that you need.
I always have to bail my friend out. He’s always in the red and can’t find a good job to make ends meet.
* have money to play with – have enough money to do sth.
We sold our parents’ house so now we have a little bit of money to play with.
* come to sth – add up to a total amount.
The bill has come to $50.
* cost an arm and a leg – cost a lot of money, very expensive.
These shoes cost an arm and a leg.
* without breaking the bank – without spending too much.
You can afford this house without breaking the bank.
I hope you learned some new phrasal verbs and idioms today, see you next time!
Source: Idioms and Phrasal Verbs – Advanced / Ruth Gairns and Stuart Redman – Oxford