Most People Can't Identify These Common Phrases About Money... Can You?

Becky Stigall

A day late and a dollar _____.

The phrase is "a day late and dollar short." This must be a bit like "too little, too late." But that's another phrase altogether.

A fool and his money are soon ______.

The phrase is "A fool and his money are soon parted." We think that the idea is to think before you spend.

A _____ for your thoughts.

The phrase is "a penny for your thoughts." It is used to ask someone what he/she is thinking. We think our thoughts are worth at least a dollar.

A penny saved is a penny _______.

The phrase is "A penny saved is a penny earned." This means that it's better to save than spend, in most cases. Save now, have more later. Those pennies do add up.

A _____ penny.

The phrase is "a pretty penny." Although pennies aren't really pretty, something that costs a lot is said to cost a pretty penny.

All that glitters is not ____.

The phrase is "All that glitters is not gold." This phrase means that just because something looks expensive, it isn't necessarily expensive.

At a drop of a ____.

C'mon, we're talking money idioms here. The phrase is "at the drop of a dime." But each of these options means basically the same thing.

Bet your ______ dollar.

If it's you're last buck, you'd better be sure. This phrase means that you are.

Don't take any ______ nickels.

The phrase is "Don't take any wooden nickels." It means to be careful to not get cheated. A wooden nickel sure would be a bummer.

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, _______ and wise.

The phrase is "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." This one is a bit like "The early bird gets the worm." Get up early and work hard.

Give someone a run for their _____.

This phrase is "give someone a run for their money." Think horse racing here... two horses running neck and neck are equally good.

Foot the ____.

The phrase is "foot the bill." The meaning is to be the one to pay for everything. Many parents foot the bill for their child's college education.

If I had a ______ for every time...

You can fill in the blank on this one with just about any currency amount. You'd end the sentence with "... I would be rich."

In for a _____, in for a pound.

The phrase is "in for a penny, in for a pound." It means roughly the same thing as "going for broke."

Make money hand over ____.

The phrase is to "make money hand over fist." It means to make a lot of money easily.

Money doesn't ____ on trees.

The phrase is "money doesn`t grow on trees." We sure wish it did.

More ____ for your buck.

The phrase is "more bang for your buck." It means to get a lot for your money.

Don't have two _______ to rub together.

The phrase is "don't have two nickels to rub together." This means you are downright broke.

One man's _____ is another man's treasure.

The phrase is "one man's trash is another man's treasure." It means that something that may be worthless to you might have value for someone else.

Penny wise, _____ foolish.

The expression is "penny wise, pound foolish." This describes someone who is a penny pincher but who spends larger sums foolishly. "Pound" refers to British currency in this case.

Rolling in _____.

The phrase is "rolling in money." It means that you have so much money, you could roll around in it.

Take someone to the ________.

The expression is to "take someone to the cleaners." It means that you have cleaned out their bank account.

That and 50 _____ will buy you a cup of coffee.

The phrase is "that and 50 cents will buy you a cup of coffee." Often used to describe opinions, it means something is worthless.

The penny _______.

The expression is "the penny dropped." When this happens, someone finally gets what others have known all along.

Turn up like a bad _____.

The phrase is "turn up like a bad penny." The meaning is that the penny, or the person that the penny refers to in this instance, is unwanted.

Two sides of the same ____.

The phrase is "two sides of the same coin." It means something is related, but different.

What's the ______?

The phrase is "What's the damage?" This is what someone might say when asking for the bill for an expensive car repair.

Worth its ______ in gold.

The phrase is "worth its weight in gold." Gold is sold by weight, so something worth its weight in gold is very valuable.

You get what you ___ for.

The phrase is "You get what you pay for." This means that something less expensive might be cheaper in quality, too.

You pays your money and you takes your ________.

The expression is "You pays your money and you takes your chances." This means something is a bit of a gamble. And yes, the grammatical errors are part of the expression.

Two _____ worth.

In this case, "two cents" does not refer to money. It refers to one's opinion.

A light _____ is a heavy curse.

The phrase is "A light purse is a heavy curse." It means that having no money is a real problem.

Cash ______.

The expression is "cash cow." This does not literally refer to a cow, but to anything that will bring you money.

A dime a _____.

The expression is "a dime a dozen." It means that something is very common.

For my _____.

The expression is "for my money." It means, "in my opinion."

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About This Quiz

"Money is the root of all evil," as people often say. But that's wrong. The actual saying is "the LOVE of money is the root of all evil." Can you identify these common phrases that are all about the mighty dollar?

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