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Money talks - 10 useful expressions about money
Summer holidays are here at last.
We need to make our reservations, book our room and means of transport, decide where to go and with whom... so many things and all of them with a common denominator: we need money to do them.
So let's talk about (1) dosh/ dough. We need to start checking prices in advance and start (2) putting money into a kitty with our travel companions to be ready when the time comes. If you haven't (3) nickled and dimed it during winter do not panic! There are always good bargains if you are flexible about the dates/ places and do not expect too much from your hotel. Sometimes the best prices are the very last minute ones. Forget about deciding to cross the pond on the spur of the moment though, if you are looking for far-flung destinations this late, companies will really (4) take you to the cleaners.
Do you have enough (5) readies/ cash? You will need both some(6) folding stuff and (7) coppers (UK); shrapnel (US). If you (8) haven't got a bean (UK)/ a red cent (US) please start saving up sooner next time, (9) doing over (UK) a bank is overdoing it and (10) pinching/ nicking money from your neighbours would make you lose face fast.
(1) dosh/ dough = pasta
(2) put money into a kitty = poner dinero en un bote común
(3) nickle and dime it = apretarse mucho el cinturón
(4) take you to the cleaners = desplumarte
(5) readies/ cash = dinero en efectivo
(6) folding stuff = billetes
(7) coppers/ shrapnel = calderilla
(8) not have a bean / a red cent = no tener un duro
(9) do over a bank = atracar un banco
(10) pinch / nick = birlar/ hurtar