Updated: Oct 9, 2020
We've all been broke and we've all had to cover someone. Are you familiar with these common money idioms? Check them out and add them to your English vocabulary bank today!
be (flat) broke - to have no money in your bank account
“I can’t go out this weekend. I’m broke.”
“Could you lend me five dollars? I’m flat broke until my next paycheck.”
break even - to receive in return the same amount of money you invested; to neither lose money nor make a profit
“Did you win anything at the casino this weekend?” “No, I just broke even.”
“We didn’t make any money on this project, but we didn’t lose any money either.
break the bank - to spend more money than you have; to spend a lot of money
“Your new kitchen looks great! I hope you didn’t break the bank to pay for it!”
“My car needs a ton of repairs, and I’ll have to break the bank to pay for it.”
cost an arm and a leg - to be very expensive
“The car I want costs an arm and a leg.”
“That’s a really nice watch. It must have cost you an arm and a leg.”
cover someone or something - to pay someone’s bill/fee/etc. (often after offering to do so); to pay for something
“Do you have enough money to cover the rent this month?”
“Want to go out for lunch? I’ll cover you.”
Do you know any others? Or maybe you can think of example sentences for the ones above? Let me know in the comments.