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Business idioms illustrated

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 used in business. This post will be regularly updated with new idioms.


  1. A company man

2. Captain of industry

3. (to) cut one’s losses Español:

4. (to) go public

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5. (to) go belly up 

6. There’s no such thing as a free lunch

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7. Green shoots (the first signs of an improvement in an economy)

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

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9. Big fish

10. Shark (e.g. loan shark)

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11. 800-pound gorilla

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12. (to) foot the bill

13. (to) be broke (to have no money)

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

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.

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15. (to) be rolling in money / (to) be rolling in it

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16. Money talks (you can do what you want with money)

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17. Money doesn’t give happiness

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18. A rising tide lifts all boats

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19. Time is money (e.g. In other words, in international trade, time is money)

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20. (to) call a loan

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21. Ill-gotten gains (e.g. These ill-gotten gains are laundered and go into circulation in the legal economy).

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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).

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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

valer su peso en oro en inglés

24. (to) be worth its weight in gold (e.g. His ideas are worth its weight in gold)

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25. It’s a win-win (Beneficial to each of the two parties)

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26. (to) skyrocket

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27. Margin call

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28. Liquid assets

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29. Cash cow. Cell phone accessories are a cash cow for our business.

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30. Bull market

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31. Bear market

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32. Venture capital

opa hostil en inglés

33. Hostile takeover

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34. Ninja loans

housing bubble property bubble

35. Real-estate bubble. Also: housing bubble or property bubble


36. Tax haven or tax shelter

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

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

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

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40. All that glitters is not gold.

no pongas todos los huevos en la misma cesta

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

42. Square deal (A fair agreement)

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43. Nest egg



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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Popular English idioms about money II

Most important English sayings translated to Spanish II

Most important English sayings translated to Spanish III