IOTW: Idioms with ‘Penny’


Hi fellas, how’s your Thursday? Did you have a blast one? Tonight, we are having #IOTW; idioms related to ‘penny.’ I have compiled 10 idioms that have the word ‘penny’ in them. Here we go!

1) ‘be penny-wise and pound-foolish’ means to be very strict about spending small amount of money yet very careless about spending larger amount of money.

e.g. Don’t buy a used car, it will be a penny-wise and pound-foolish cz you basically will spend much on repairing it.

2) ‘be ten/two a penny’ means to be very common.

e.g. Teens with tattoos are now ten a penny.

3) ‘cost (someone) a pretty penny’ to be very expensive.

e.g. Did you see his new shoes? Oh boy, it cost him a pretty penny.

4) ‘not have two pennies to rub together’ means to be very poor.

e.g. He used to be very rich. Now, he doesn’t have two pennies to rub together.

5) ‘a penny pincher’ means a person who is very meticulous about his/her money.

e.g. Do you write every single item of your daily expense? You are a real penny pincher.

6) ‘be worth every penny’ means to be worth as how much it is spent.

e.g. Our trip to Indonesia is costly but it is worth every penny.

7) ‘the penny drops’ is used when you finally understand something.

e.g. I didn’t understand why she kept buying me things. Now, the penny drops and I realize that she loves me.

8) ‘a penny saved is a penny earned’ means it is better/wiser to save money.

e.g. I lost my job. I need to be very wise in spending money – a penny saved is a penny earned.

9) ‘to spend a penny’ means to go to the toilet.

e.g. Sorry I need to go and spend a penny.

10) ‘a penny for your thought’ is used when you ask an opinion of somebody who has been very quite during a meeting.

e.g. (in a meeting) Any other idea? John, a penny for your thought. You have been silent so far.

That’s all for today guys. Thanks for your participation tonight! #IOTW



Compiled and written by @wisznu at @EnglishTips4u on December 10, 2015

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