Haven’t most people at some point been short of money? Could be for any number of reasons, the actual reasons rarely matter, what is important to people at the time they’re experiencing a lack in funds is that they have NO MONEY. It can be embarrassing, awkward, even humiliating. People can and do feel a range of emotions when access to money becomes an issue.
Idiomatic language can have many purposes, and one of them can be to provide the speaker with alternative words/phrases that will allow them to still say what they mean but without any potential for embarrassment that might have occurred if they had said the actual word/phrase itself.
So with that said, I’d like to get into my list of 20 helpful idioms for letting others know you have not got any money with an example sentence so you can see how each might be used in conversation:
- Skint – I’m really skint after paying that huge gas bill.
- Brassic – Sorry mate, I can’t lend you any money, I’m totally brassic.
- In the red – I didn’t even realise we’d slipped into the red until the credit card was declined.
- Penniless – Her husband died and left her penniless.
- Short of cash – I can’t wait for pay day, I’m so short of cash.
- Cash-strapped – I feel so sorry for them, they’re always cash-strapped.
- Broke – Don’t you just hate being broke?
- Can’t make ends meet – It doesn’t matter what I do, I can never make ends meet.
- Rob Peter to pay Paul – Month after month all I do is rob Peter to pay Paul.
- Hand to mouth – I’m so tired of living hand to mouth.
- Tightening your belt – After he lost his job they all had to tighten their belts.
- On a shoestring – It’s very hard trying to feed a family on a shoestring.
- Staying afloat – It’s all I can do to just stay afloat.
- Hard up – I don’t think we’ve ever been so hard up as now.
- Cut Corners – Now the factory has closed down everyone will have to cut corners.
- On my uppers – I live each day on my uppers and nothing else.
- Down and out – He went from being successful in business to down and out in about six months.
- Badly off – Can you remember a time when we were this badly off, I can’t?
- Feeling the pinch – Birthdays and Christmases are times I definitely feel the pinch.
- Keep the wolf from the door – It was no use because in the end she just couldn’t keep the wolf from the door.
Hopefully after your Christmas holiday spending none of you will be trying to keep wolves away from doors or starting off the new decade by cutting corners.
A Happy, Profitable and Successful New Year to you all for 2020.