Money Idioms: Gapfill Exercise

Look at the idioms in the box below and fill in the gaps below with the most
appropriate idioms. Check with a partner if you are unsure.

1.

bread and butter

loaded

tighten (someone’s) belt

pour money down the
drain

make ends meet

bring home the bacon

cheapskate

cost an arm and a leg

pay through the nose

Writing is her ____________________________________________.

She feeds and

sends her kid to with her earnings from her writing.
2.

Our company was investing in a bankrupt firm but has lost all its money. They
have literally ____________________________________________ with this.

3.

Our

utility

bills

have

increased

again

this

year.

We

have

to

____________________________________________ so that we are able to pay our
bills.
4.

My parents are struggling to ____________________________________________
with their state pension.

Everything is so much more expensive than

previously.
5.

Wow! You’re __________________________________! You have so much money in
your wallet!

6.

He is such a ____________________________________________. He rarely splits the
bill and expects me to pay for everything.

7.

My friend bought a new sports car. He is __________________________________
but I bet he will ____________________________________________ for repairs or
servicing.

8.

My father worked hard all his life ___________________________________________.

9.

My new TV was so expensive. It ____________________________________________
but it is great.

10. I ____________________________________________ for this new mobile phone. It
has 4G roaming though.

Martin Sketchley © 2012 09/03/2013
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