What does almost every EFL student I ever taught want to learn about? The answer is almost always money. This short list of idioms provides a great way for students to learn some new expressions regarding money.
#1 A dime’s worth– A dime is only 10 cents. So, this shows us that it something not worth much money.
Example: Eric is so cheap. He only brought about a dime’s worth of food to the potluck.
#2 A dime a dozen– We say this about anything that is extremely common, cheap, and not very valuable.
Example: Eric tried to sell me some shirts yesterday for $50. I told him those shirts are a dime a dozen. He was very upset.
#3 Cost an arm and a leg– This means something is extremely expensive.
Example: Eric hates buying hotdogs at MLB games. He think they cost an arm and a leg.
#4 Time is money- Time is just as important as money.
Example: Eric came to my house 45 minutes late yesterday. I let him know that time is money!
#5 Money talks- This means that money is a great motivator.
Example: Eric’s friend wants him to help him clean his room. He tells him, “Money talks.”
#6 Put your money where your mouth is– This can normally be said if you want to make a bet with somebody.
Example: Eric told Justin for three days that the Pirates will win the World Series. I finally told him. Put your money where your mouth is.
#7 Have money to burn– Having money to spend
Example: Eric bought for Playstation games yesterday. Justin told him that he must have money to burn.
What expressions have you heard of before? What one is most interesting.