Money Idioms: Matching Exercise

Look at the expressions below and try to match them with their definitions. Compare with a partner if you have any difficulties.

Money Idiom Pay through the nose Cost an arm and a leg Bring home the bacon Cheapskate Make ends meet Pour money down the drain Tighten (someone’s) belt

A person who does not like to spend money. To waste money. A person or company's main source of income. To pay a lot of money for something. Very rich. To spend less money because there is less available. To pay too much money for something. To earn just enough money to be able to buy the things you need. To earn money for your family to live on.

Bread and butter


Try to write your own sentences using the idioms above and compare with a partner.

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