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An idiom is a phrase or a fixed expression that has a figurative, or sometimes literal, meaning whereas Jargon is a type of language that is used in a particular context —usually a specific trade or profession— and may not be well understood outside of it. Here you have a list of some of the most common idioms and jargon used in business. I’ve also included some sayings and terms that may come in handy in some business situations. This post will be regularly updated with new idioms and jargon.


  1. A company man. Spanish: hombre de empresa. Business idiom.

2. Captain of industry. Spanish: jefe de la industria. Business idiom.

3. (to) cut one’s losses in Spanish: recortar gastos. Business idiom.

4. (to) go public. Spanish: Salir a bolsa. Financial jargon.

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5. (to) go belly up . Spanish: Irse a pique. Business idiom.

6. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Spanish: No hay duros a cuatro pesetas.  Saying.

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7. Green shoots (the first signs of an improvement in an economy). Spanish: brotes verdes. Business idiom.

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8. Chicken feed (a very small amount of money). Business idiom.

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9. Big fish in Spanish: pez gordo. Business idiom.

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10. Shark (e.g. loan shark). Shark in Spanish: tiburón (also in a figurative sense). Financial jargon.

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11. 800-pound gorilla. Business idiom.

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12. (to) foot the bill. (to) foot the bill in Spanish: pagar la factura (sometimes called “la dolorosa”). Business idiom.

13. (to) be broke (to have no money). (to) be broke in Spanish: estar sin blanca. Business idiom.

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14. Money doesn’t grow on trees / Money don’t grow on trees.  Saying.

Native speakers will often use the form “Money don’t grow on trees” in informal situations as it’s faster to prononce “don’t”, due to the fact it has one less syllable. In Spanish “El dinero no cae del cielo” (literally money doesn’t fall from the sky) conveys the same meaning.

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15. (to) be rolling in money / (to) be rolling in it. In Spanish, “estar forrado”. Business idiom.

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16. Money talks (you can do what you want with money). In Spanish one cas say “poderoso caballero es don dinero” (literally, Mr Money is a powerful gentleman) conveying the same meaning. Business idiom.

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17. Money doesn’t give happiness. In Spanish, “el dinero no da la felicidad”.  Saying.

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18. A rising tide lifts all boats.  Saying.

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19. Time is money (e.g. In other words, in international trade, time is money). In spanish “el tiempo es oro” (literally time is gold).  Saying.

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20. (to) call a loan. Financial jargon.

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21. Ill-gotten gains (e.g. These ill-gotten gains are laundered and go into circulation in the legal economy). Spanish: ganancias ilícitas. Business idiom.

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22. Money laundering is the process of transforming the profits of crime and corruption into ostensibly ‘legitimate’ assets. (e.g.  The EU had also introduced measures to monitor and prevent money-laundering). Spanish: blanqueo de dinero. Financial jargon.

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23. Money for jam (e.g. Selling cold drinks with a vending machine  is money for jam when it is very hot).· also money for old rope. Spanish: dinero fácil. Business idiom.

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24. (to) be worth its weight in gold (e.g. His ideas are worth its weight in gold). Spanish: valer su peso en oro.  Saying.

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25. It’s a win-win (Beneficial to each of the two parties). Spanish: ventajoso para todos. Business idiom.

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26. (to) skyrocket. Spanish: dispararse. Financial jargon.

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27. Margin call. Spanish: ajuste de márgenes. Financial jargon.

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28. Liquid assets. Spanish: activos líquidos. Financial jargon.

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29. Cash cow. Cell phone accessories are a cash cow for our business. Spanish: vaca lechera, gallina de los huevos de oro… Business idiom.

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30. Bull market. Spanish: mercado alcista. Financial jargon.

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31. Bear market. Spanish: mercado bajista. Financial jargon.

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32. Venture capital. Spanish: Capital riesgo. Business idiom.

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33. Hostile takeover. Spanish: compra hostil. (Hostile bid: OPA hostil). Financial jargon.

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34. Ninja loans. Financial jargon.

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35. Real-estate bubble. Also: housing bubble or property bubble. Spanish: burbuja inmobiliaria. Financial jargon.


36. Tax haven or tax shelter. Spanish: paraíso fiscal. Financial jargon.

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37. [Saying] A debt paid is a friend kept.  Saying.

38. [Saying] Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth French: Un tiens vaut mieux que deux tu l’auras.  Saying.

39. [Saying] A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.  Saying.

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40. All that glitters is not gold.  Saying.

A promise is a promise

41.  A promise is a promise.  Saying.

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42. [Saying]  Don’t put all your eggs in the same basket

43. Square deal (A fair agreement). Spanish: trato justo. Business idiom.

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44. Nest egg. Spanish: fondo de reserva. Business idiom.

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45. Short selling. Spanish: venta a corto, venta al descubierto. Financial jargon.

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46. Blue chips           47. Growth stocks           48. Defensive stocks         49. Income stocks           50. Value stocks        Financial jargon.

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51. A penny saved is a penny earned.  Saying.

Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA)

52. EBITDA Financial and accounting jargon.

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53. Credit rating. Spanish: calificación crediticia. Financial jargon.

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54. Asset Management. Spanish: gestión de activos. Financial jargon.


55. Leverage: In finance, leverage  is any technique involving the use of borrowed funds in the purchase of an asset, with the expectation that the after tax income from the asset and asset price appreciation will exceed the borrowing cost. Leveraging enables gains and losses to be multiplied. Spanish: apalancamiento. Financial jargon.

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56. (to) keep one’s head above water. Spanish: mantenerse a flote. Business idiom.

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57. On a shoestring > The documentary was made on a shoestring. Spanish: con recursos mínimos, con un bajo presupuesto. Business idiom.

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58. Insider trading > The use of confidential information by an Associate for personal business and insider trading is strictly prohibited. Spanish: tráfico de información privilegiada. Financial jargon.

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59. Chinese wall >  A set of rules and procedures – known as a Chinese wall – have been established to prevent inside information from reaching the areas responsible for the management of the ECB’s foreign reserves and own funds portfolio. Chinese wall in Spanish: muralla china. Business and financial jargon.

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60. Fair trade. Spanish: comercio justo.

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61. Economy for the common good

62. Comparative advantage. Spanish: ventaja comparativa.

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63. Absolute advantage. Spanish: ventaja absoluta.

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64. Monkey Business. Business idiom.

65. Banker’s hours. Business idiom.

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66. Fixed and floating interests rates. Spanish: tipos de cambio fijos y variables.

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67. Quantitative easing in Spanish: expansión cuantitativa

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68. Above board  > The negociations were long and at times quite difficult, but completely open and above board. Above board in Spanish: sin trampa ni cartón, trato justo. Business idiom.

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69. Rags to riches. Money idiom.

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70. Golden handshake. Business idiom.

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71. (to) talk shop. Business idiom.

72. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Saying.

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73. Out of the frying pan into the fire. (French: de Charybde en Scylla). Saying.

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74. Market capitalization. Financial jargon.

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75. (to) be sky-high. Business idiom. Spanish: estar por las nubes. Business idiom


76. Wrapper. Financial Jargon.


77. It’s good fishing in troubled waters. Saying.

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78. Hard cash (meaning coins or notes, but not cheques or  credit cards). Idiom.

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Popular English idioms about Money translated to Spanish I

Idioms about Money translated to Spanish I

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An idiom is a sentence or a fixed expression with a figurative or literal meaning. Idioms fall into the category of formulaic language. Many languages have thousands of idioms, and English, with around 25,000 idiomatic expressions,  is not an exception.

Here you have the first  list of some of the most popular idioms in English about money . You are welcome to contribute with new idioms in the comment box below. I hope you enjoy this!

* A dime’s worth (An insignificant amount) · Why is she here? Nothing will change. At best, she’ll make a dime’s worth of difference.  Spanish: sin valor, no vale un centavo, poca cosa vale. 

*A fool and his money are soon parted (This means that stupid people spend money without thinking about it enough. Depending on the context, this can also mean that It is easy to get money from foolish people, especially rich ones.) Spanish: a los tontos no les dura el dinero.

* All that glitters is not gold (Appearance is sometimes misleading. Things that appear valuable or worthwile might not be as good as they look). Spanish: No todo lo que reluce es oro.

* (to) Bet your bottom dollar (when somebody is absolutely sure about something) · He talks about Egypt a lot, but I would bet my bottom dollar that he has never actually been there. Spanish: apostar hasta el último centavo.

* Blank cheque (When someone is given an unlimitted freedom of action. A grant of complete authority to spend an unlimited amount of money, or to take other actions without restraint.) · Generally, courts have held that the First Amendment does not give people of faith a blank check to ignore the law. Spanish: Cheque en blanco.

*(to) Cost an arm and a leg (also cost a comb, the Earth… meaning extremely expensive) · Who said a thin cell phone had to cost an arm and a leg? Spanish: Costar un ojo de la cara. Costar un riñón.

* For a song (extremely cheap) · I could buy this house for a song, because it’s just by the highway. Spanish: por cuatro duros, por cuatro perras, por cuatro chavos, por casi nada…

*Ill-gotten gains (gained dishonestly) · Ill-gotten gains never prosper. Spanish: ganancias ilícitas, ganado ilícitamente

*Licence to print money (a company or activity that generates a lot of money easily) · Slot machines  are just a licence to print money. Spanish: ser una máquina de hacer dinero.

* Money talks (It suggest that people can get whatever they want with money) ·  Moguls always get their way because money talks. Spanish: poderoso caballero es don dinero.

* Rags to riches (refered to someone that rises from poverty to wealth) · They used to be quite poor and after their invention they certainly moved from rags to riches. Spanish: de mendigo a millonario.

* (to) be worth its weight in gold (something or someone that is very valuable). Good idea, Mike! You’re a genius. You’re worth your weight in gold. Spanish: valer su precio en oro.

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