Money Lingo and Slang

Money Lingo and Slang It may be the root of all evil- but it is what makes the world go around- so donít get and learn the money lingo!


Dosh, dough, wedge - These are informal terms for money.
A fiver , A tenner . - £5, £10
Twenty quid - £20
A ton - £100
A grand - £1,000
Loose change - coins
I've only got a few coppers. - I only have a few 2p and 1p coins.
Plastic - credit/debit cards
She's loaded . She's stinking rich . - She's got lots of money.
Trustafarians - People who receive money from their family or an allowance; the word is a play on Rastafarian.
I'll buy you dinner, I'm cashed up tonight! - I've got plenty of money!
I'm skint / broke . I haven't got a penny . - I haven't got any money!
I'm a bit short this month. - I don't have much money till I get paid.
I can't afford it! - It's too expensive for me, I don't have enough money.
I've reached my credit limit. - I can't spend any more money on my credit cards.
He lost his job last year and had to sign on . / go on the dole He's now out of work and receiving financial aid.
He never buys a round ; he's really tight. / tight fisted. / stingy. - That guy never buys drinks for other people,he's mean / ungenerous.
He opened his wallet and a moth flew out ! - He rarely spends his money.
That piano's worth a fortune ! - That piano is worth a lot of money.
It cost an arm and a leg! - It cost a lot of money.
They get paid peanuts ! - They get paid badly.
That restaurant's a real rip-off ! - That restaurant overcharges; it doesn't represent value for money.
They don't have two pennies to rub together . - They are very poor.
The business went bust. - The business was declared bankrupt.
That last bill completely cleaned me out ! - That bill used up all of my money.
I'm skint. I blew my salary on a new hi-fi. - I've spent all my wages.

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