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Popular English Sayings about money translated to Spanish II

Sayings, Idioms and Expressions about Money translated to Spanish II

Dichos, Modismos y expresiones sobre el dinero traducidos al español II

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 and Spanish, with around 25,000 idiomatic expressions,  is not an exception.

Here you have the second  list of some of the most popular idioms in English about money and its translation to Spanish . You are welcome to contribute with new idioms, sayings and expressions in the comment box below. I hope you enjoy this!

  • Time is money:  This famous proverb was first coined in a phrase used by Benjamin Franklin in Advice to a Young Tradesman, meaning that one should not waste time that could be used to earn money. Spanish: el tiempo es oro.
  • (to) Live to Hand to mouth:  to have just enough money to live on  without any extra cost. Spanish: tirar de ahorros.
  • (to) be coining it: (also coining money): to be earning a lot of money. Spanish: Estar montado en el dólar
  • Drop a dime: to make a phone call (usually to the police to inform or betray someone) Spanish: Dar el chivatazo.
  • (to) Pinch pennies: to be in a situation in which one is forced to spend as little money as possible. Spanish: contar cada centavo.

  • (to) have money to burn: to spend a lot of money on unnecessary things Spanish: Quemar el dinero. Derrochar.
  • Money for old rope: Money one gets for doing something very easy. Spanish: there is not an exact translation for this expression, but you can use “es pan comido” meaning that something is very easy (Este trabajo es pan comido).
  • (to) be minting it (also minting money): To earn a lot of money quickly. Spanish: saltar la banca
  • (to) be loaded with money: to have a lot of money, to be rich. Spanish: estar cargado de dinero.
  • (to) make a killing: to make a lot of money.  Spanish: ganar mucha pasta / plata.
  • (to) make ends meet: to make enough money to buy or pay what you need to live. Spanish: Llegar a fin de mes.

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Popular English idioms about Money translated to Spanish I

Idioms about Money translated to Spanish I

Modismos sobre el dinero traducidos al español I

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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