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An idiom is a phrase whose meaning may not be readily apparent from its individual words. In particular, some money idioms leave people scratching their heads in confusion. Here are the meanings of a few of the most puzzling ones.

A Cash Cow

According to the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, a healthy cow produces six to seven gallons of milk per day. The milk production is steady and abundant. A cash cow is a source of income, such as a business, investment, or product, that reliably generates good profit.

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees

You might be thinking that this idiom isn’t exactly true. After all, aren’t dollar bills printed on paper, which comes from trees? Actually, the United States prints its currency on a material made from cotton and linen. Linen and cotton do come from plants, but those plants are not trees.

By the way, the idiom means that money isn’t easy to acquire.

Rolling in the Dough

Dough is a slang term for money. If you are rolling in money, you must have a lot of it. In other words, you are very rich.

He Has More Wool Than a Lamb

Lambs, or sheep, are covered in wool. “He has more wool than a lamb” is a Spanish idiom. It means that someone has an abundance of cash.

Money Talks

Money cannot literally talk, but it can be as persuasive as speech. With money, you might be able to make things happen that normally would be impossible. Money talks means money is powerful.

Bet Your Bottom Dollar

Your bottom dollar is your last dollar. You would only gamble with it if you are extremely confident in a positive result. If you bet your bottom dollar, you are confirming something for a certainly.

In for a Penny, in for a Pound

This proverb’s meaning has evolved. Originally, it meant that people would choose to do the action that brings the greatest profit if it carried no greater risk than another act. Now, it means that you may as well finish what you start, even if you have to invest more time and effort than you anticipated.

Money talks, but it might not be able to explain these idioms. Though the meaning may not be obvious from the individual word meanings, most of these money idioms make sense when you think about them. What other money idioms do you know? Share them and their meaning in the comments below!

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