Friday, August 3, 2012

American $$$$ Idioms: 6 Expressions Related to Money

Try to guess the meaning of the following American $$$$ idioms, then check the answers are at the end.

FYI: quarter=25₵, dime=10₵, nickel=5₵, penny=1₵

1.  Starbucks and CVS pharmacies are a dime a dozen in downtown Washington, DC.  There seems to be one on every other block and sometimes even across the street from each other.  It's rare to find a "Mom and Pop" (local, non-corporate) coffee shop.

2.  My friend exchanged a grand in cash before traveling abroad.

3. Nothing particularly special happened today--I went to work, had lunch with my colleagues and went home at 5:00.  I guess it's another day another dime (or dollar).

4.  There is no way I'm going to buy that two-bit piece of IKEA furniture!  I need something that will last for at least 5 years. 

5.  High level executives have assistants who complete their requests at the drop of a dime.

6.  Cell phone contracts are the worst...companies nickel and dime you with service fees and taxes.

  1. dime a dozen (adj.): something common, easily found everywhere, not in shortage, ubiquitous,
  2. grand (n.): $1,000
  3. another day another dime: the usual routine, another day of working and making money
  4. two-bit (adj.): very cheap, low quality, worth almost nothing (this term comes from a coin once used in the United States valued at about 25 cents)
  5. drop of a dime (adv.): to do something immediately, right away without any question
  6. nickel and dime(v.): to charge somebody extra for various fees, expenses, costs

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