English has a lot of idioms and a lot of them can be hard to understand for non-native English speakers. Below, you’ll find 10 idioms about money.

1. The colour of someone’s money

When someone says that they want to see the colour of your money, they mean that they won’t do something for you or sell you something unless you show that you have the amount of money that they want.

The men didn’t let go of Juliet until Harry showed them the colour of his money.

2. To be born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth

This idiom about money means that a person was born rich.

Jack doesn’t know what it’s like to work hard because he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.


3. Heavy money

It is a synonym for « a lot of money ».

You need heavy money if you want to shop for designer clothes.

4. Hush money

It’s when you bribe someone so that they turn a blind eye to your illegal activities.

The man gave hush money to the judge so that he would drop the charges against him.


5. Mad money

This expression about money refers to money to have fun or to waste.

A lot of people go to Las Vegas with mad money.

6. Put your money where your mouth is!

This is another way of saying “Bet your money on it!”.

Person A: I bet you I can beat you at arm wrestling!

Person B: Well, put your money where your mouth is!

7. Break the bank -1

“Break the bank” is an idiom about money that has two meanings. The first meaning is “to win all the money at a gambling game”

Jerry went to Las Vegas last month and apparently, he broke the bank since he just bought a brand new car and a house in the Hamptons!


8. Break the bank -2

The second meaning of “break the bank” is to spend all your money.

Indian weddings are known to be very expensive. Parents often break the bank to offer their children the best wedding possible.

9. Head over heels in debt

This expression means “to be over-indebted”.

After I lost my job, I was head over heels in debt.

10. To have sticky fingers

When someone has sticky fingers, it means that they are a shoplifter, a pickpocket, or a thief.

My grandmother fired the maid because she found out that she has sticky fingers: she stole two necklaces and a watch.



That’s it for English expressions about money! Obviously, there are more! But learning idioms is just as important as learning vocabulary because the more you learn, the better you’ll get at speaking English!

What other idioms about money can you think of?

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