Idioms and Phrasal Verbs to talk about Wealth and Poverty

Posted by

Hey guys!

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s