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Slang to talk about money

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Break the bank: make one financially broke

“The 2008 financial crisis broke the bank for us,” Joe told a friend.

“Going out for dinner once in a while won’t break anybody’s bank,” Audrey told Josh.

Suck one dry: drain all one’s money

“My credit card expenses are sucking me dry,” said Jim to a friend.

Eating at expensive restaurants can suck anyone dry.

Buck: dollar

“How many bucks did you pay for your new smartphone?” Jeff asked Tim.

“Can you lend me twenty bucks? I’ll pay you back tomorrow,” Mick asked Sam.

Grand: one thousand dollars

“I spent about a grand on this computer,” Nick told a friend.

Ronald sold his old car for five grand.

K: one thousand dollars

 “I think a used car will cost you around 5K,” Jeff told Mike.

“I just can’t believe Joe’s making 20K per month now,” said Ron to his friends.

Flat broke: out of money

“I’m flat broke. Do you think you could lend me twenty bucks?” Josh asked Dave.

“I can’t afford a new skateboard now. I’m flat broke,” Todd told Dick.

Hard up: in need of money; broke

Dave was so hard up he couldn’t afford to buy a sandwich.

“It’s amazing how Jeff’s life has changed. Some years ago he was a hard up student who didn’t have a clue what he’d do with his life,” said Michael to a friend.

Make a fast buck: make fast and easy money

Some people go to the racetrack and bet on the horses hoping to make a fast buck.

“Man, I’m broke. I gotta find a way to make a fast buck,” Dick told Philip.

Make a bundle: make a lot of money

“Harold made a bundle as a stockbroker back in the 90’s, but lost most of it during the recent financial crisis,” Jill told her friends.

“They are making a bundle selling these eco-products,” Bill told a friend.

Make a killing: make a lot of money quickly and with little effort

“You will make a killing if you sell your company to those Spanish investors,” Jeremy told Brian at the meeting.

I hear they’re making a killing selling those high-tech gadgets,” Bill told a coworker.

Inglês de Rua – American Slang – José Roberto A. Igreja e Robert C. Young, Disal Editora. Now also available as an ebook!

José Roberto A. Igreja is the author and co-author of several ELT books, including:

LET´S TALK ABOUT IT! – The Ultimate ELT Conversation Book  / Available on UICLAP as well


Let's Talk About It!: The Ultimate ELT Conversation Book (English Edition) por [Jose Roberto A. Igreja]

600 Phrasal Verbs (with Jonathan T. Hogan)

Talking Business

How do you say … in English?

Fluent Business English (with Robert C. Young)

What to say when …?

False Friends

English for Job Interviews (with Robert C. Young)

Say it all in Brazilian Portuguese!

American Idioms! (with Joe Bailey Noble III)

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