In the first of our series of Money Idioms we covered some Currency, Cash, and Cheque Idioms. This is now the first Quiz, as promised. You can look forward to our second idiom’s blog called Cooking The Books and Other Financial Idioms. In them we will cover Financial Investment Idioms, Accounting Idioms, and Gambling Idioms. I know it’s hard to believe but there are still enough money idioms for a third upcoming post called Rolling In Money and Other Financial Idioms. Watch for it!
Idioms are a combination of words with a meaning different from the meanings of each individual word. The resulting phrase does not always follow the normal rules of meaning and grammar. Have fun going over these questions with your children and see what they think.
A) Although pretty, the necklace had no value.
- could stop on a dime;
- was not worth a plug nickel;
- was like pennies from heaven.
B) When my friend left home, his parents disinherited him.
- gave him a rain cheque;
- pinched pennies;
- cut him off without a penny.
C) No one wanted to take responsibility so they blamed me.
- asked for my two-cents worth;
- asked for a penny for my thoughts;
- passed the buck to me.
D) After Christmas shopping we were without any cash for a month.
- a dime a dozen;
- strapped for cash;
- chasing the almighty dollar.
E) I am so sure that I am right that I will bet everything on it.
- am as sound as a dollar;
- will bet my bottom dollar;
- will ask for a rain cheque.
F) My neighbour was known to not like spending money so we never asked him for a donation.
- was tight to the dollar;
- looked like a million dollars
- was cash-and-carry
G) Our new cat is a pure-bred so it cost a lot of money.is as phoney as a three-dollar bill;
- is worth two-bits;
- cost a pretty penny.
H) The children wanted a way to make money fast to buy a present for their mom.
- spend their bottom dollar;
- make a quick buck;
- nickel and dime someone.
I) I had to pay them but I forgot my money at home so; I wrote a cheque instead.
- cut a cheque;
- gave them a blank cheque;
- honoured their cheque.
J) Small businesses may require payment by cash; no credit or debit cards allowed.
- not be worth a red cent;
- make an honest buck;
- only take cash on the barrelhead.
K) My brother says he has no money.
- is not worth a dime;
- does not have two cents to rub together;
- both a & c.
L) The craft dealer said he only took cash so I…________________________.
- made a cheque out;
- gave him dollar-for-dollar;
- gave him cold-hard-cash.
M) Which would you rather:
- feel like a million bucks;
- make big bucks;
- cash in on something.
Answers: A) 2; B) 3; C) 3; D) 2; E) 2; F) 1; G) 3; H) 2; I) 1; J) 3; K) c; L) 3; M) up to you.