3 English Idioms Related to MONEY

Written by
Tony Kaizen

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In this video, you will learn 3 English Idioms related to money. Don't forget to practice and create your own sentences after you watch the video!

1. Make ends meet - To make the money needed to pay for food and bills.

“I have to work two jobs just to make ends meet.”

“My parents didn’t make much money, but they always managed to make ends meet.”

2. Pay an arm and a leg for something - To pay a lot of money for something.

You can also say that something “costs an arm and a leg” which means the price is extremely high.


A: “A trip to Japan would be nice.”

B: “Yeah, and it’ll cost you an arm and a leg too.”


“We never go to that restaurant. You have to pay an arm and a leg just to get a decent meal there.”

3. Break the bank - Ruin one financially, exhaust one's financial resources

So think about a piggy bank, if you don’t have any money at all, then you would need to break your piggy bank and use your final cash reserve. This is what you can imagine when you hear the idiom, break the bank.


“A trip to Costa Rica would break the bank right now. There’s no way I could afford to do it.”

“I need a new car but I have to find one that won’t break the bank.”

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