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robber baronIn Europe, an aristocrat who charged exorbitant fees or otherwise exacted money from people who journeyed across land or waterways which he controlled.Rate it:

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rolling in itHaving an abundance of money.Rate it:

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run on fumesBy extension, to operate with few resources or little money.Rate it:

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run throughTo use completely, in a short space of time. Usually money.Rate it:

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salt awayTo save or preserve (especially money) for future use.Rate it:

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scratch togetherTo collect, assemble or gather small amounts (especially of money), from various sources, with some difficultyRate it:

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sea dogold sailorRate it:

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sellTo agree to transfer goods or provide services in exchange for money.Rate it:

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sell-by dateUsed to indicate that something, or someone, is old and out of date.Rate it:

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set backTo cost money, as.Rate it:

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shell outTo pay money; especially, to pay a great deal of money.Rate it:

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shoot one's wadTo spend all of one's money.Rate it:

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short reckonings make long friendsborrowed money should be paid back as soon as possibleRate it:

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shy bairns get nowtIf you're too shy, or don't ask, you will not get what you want.A' forgot te ask hor for me money back!Wye, shy bairns get nowtRate it:

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sitting prettyHaving a comfortable or certain supply of money or resources.Rate it:

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small changeA minor or insignificant amount of money.Rate it:

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smell of an oily ragA very small amount, or the absolute minimum (usually of money).Rate it:

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soft touchA person or group which is sympathetic, accommodating, easily overcome, or easily persuaded, especially one which loans or readily gives money to another.Rate it:

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spaghetti westernNickname for a motion picture produced by an Italian-based company and filmed in Europe, depicting a tale of cowboys and desperadoes set in the American Old West.Rate it:

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spin one's wheelsWaste time, money and energy.Rate it:

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spoil the ship for a hap'orth of tarTo have something important fail for want of a small amount of money or effort.Rate it:

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stick in the mudMore generally, one who is slow, old-fashioned, or unprogressive; an old fogey.Rate it:

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sticks and stonesEvocative of the saying "sticks and stones may (or will) break my bones, but words (or names) will never hurt (or harm) me".1957, Brendan Gill, The Day the Money StoppedRate it:

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take a bathTo lose a large amount of money in an investment.Rate it:

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take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselvesIf you take care of little things one at a time, they can add up to big things.1750, Chesterfield, letter 5 Feb. (1932) IV. 1500:Old Mr. Lowndes, the famous Secretary of the Treasury, ?used to say?Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.1912, G. B. Shaw, Pygmalion ii. 132:Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves is as true of personal habits as of money.1979, R. Cassilis, Arrow of God, iv. xvii.:Little things, Master Mally. Look after the pennies, Master Mally, and the pounds will look after themselves.1999, Rate it:

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take to the cleanersTo take a significant quantity of a person's money or valuables, through gambling, unfavorable investing, fraud, litigation, etc.Rate it:

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take up a collectionTo request and receive money or goods of value from members of a group, especially for a charitable purpose.Rate it:

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throw dirt enough, and some will stickIf enough allegations are made about someone or something, then even if they are all untrue, people's opinion of the person or thing will be diminished.1759, John Wesley, letter to John Downes, Rector of St. Michael's, Wood Street, read at Wesley Center Online at [1] on 14 Oct 06.I hope...that you are ignorant of the whole affair, and are so bold only because you are blind...And blind enough; so that you blunder on through thick and thin, bespattering all that come in your way, according to the old, laudable maxim, 'Throw dirt enough, and some will stick.'1857, Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown's Schooldays, read at fullbooks.com on 14 Oct 06,But whatever harm a spiteful tongue could do them, he took care should be done. Only throw dirt enough, and some will stick.1864, John Henry Newman, Apologia Pro Vita Sua, Penguin Classics (1994), p. 10,Archbishop Whately used to say Rate it:

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timing is everythingConsideration of other events can greatly influence some desired outcome (such as an audience laughing to a comedian's joke).Telling the old joke about a butt-crack was not a good idea, just as the plumber arrived, Bob.You know what they say: "timing is everything." I'm sure we can find another plumber before the house floods.Rate it:

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to bootSome variations in usage remain archaic. Old English, Middle English: to help, in addition.Rate it:

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top dollarThe maximum amount of money that an item, service, or worker is worth; a very high price.Rate it:

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travel junkieWho are using their time and money to seek out adventure holidays and travel.Rate it:

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turn a profitTo gain money or to gain materially.Rate it:

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turn tricksTo work as a prostitute, providing sexual services for money.Rate it:

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twilight yearsOld age.Rate it:

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where there's muck there's brass(UK, Irish) There is money to be made in unpleasant dirty jobs.Rate it:

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win backto win money that has been lost.Rate it:

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winter ratAn old, unattractive automobile, purchased for little money, to be driven during brutal Great Lakes winters while the owner's "good" car remains garaged and protected from corrosive road salt for the season.Rate it:

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worth one's whileGood and important enough for one to spend time, effort, or money on.Rate it:

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wring outTo force someone to give something, usually truth, or money.Rate it:

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you can't put a wise head on young shouldersAlternative form of you can't put an old head on young shoulders.Rate it:

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