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.
* have more money than sense – have a lot of money and spend it stupidly.
He’s just a man who’s got more money than sense and no idea what to do with his life.
* live life in the fast lane – live full of activity and excitement.
Tired of life in the fast lane, Jack, a fifty year-old American businessman, decides to give it all up to fulfil a dream of becoming a painter.
* not come cheap – be expensive.
If you want a qualified accountant, their services don’t come cheap.
* cost an arm and a leg – cost a lot of money.
The repair work cost an arm and a leg.
* money is no object – used to say that someone is not concerned about the price of things.
When they take a vacation, money is no object.
* in the lap of luxury – living in very comfortable conditions because you have a lot of money.
He won the lottery and now he is living in the lap of luxury.
* live beyond your means – spend more money than one can afford to spend.
She started living beyond her means and ended up broke.
* live from hand to mouth – to have just enough money to live on and nothing extra.
My father earned very little and there were four kids, so we lived from hand to mouth.
* going cheap – available for a lower price than usual.
These socks are going cheap this month, you should take advantage and buy some.
* put sth aside – to save something, usually time or money, for a special purpose
put aside a little every month for a deposit on a house.
* put down a deposit – pay some money to reserve sth, before paying for it in full.
We just had to put down a deposit of 5% for our first property.
* 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