money ( monies plural) ( moneys plural )
1 n-uncount Money is the coins or bank notes that you use to buy things, or the sum that you have in a bank account.
A lot of the money that you pay at the cinema goes back to the film distributors..., Players should be allowed to earn money from advertising..., ...discounts and money saving offers.
2 n-plural Monies is used to refer to several separate sums of money that form part of a larger amount that is received or spent.
FORMAL We drew up a schedule of payments for the rest of the monies owed.
4 If you say that someone has money to burn, you mean that they have more money than they need or that they spend their money on things that you think are unnecessary.
have money to burn phrase V inflects
He was a high-earning broker with money to burn.
5 If you are in the money, you have a lot of money to spend.
in the money phrase usu v-link PHR
If you are one of the lucky callers chosen to play, you could be in the money.
6 If you make money, you obtain money by earning it or by making a profit.
make money phrase V inflects
...the only bit of the firm that consistently made money.
7 If you say that you want someone to put their money where their mouth is, you want them to spend money to improve a bad situation, instead of just talking about improving it.
put your money where your mouth is phrase V inflects
The government might be obliged to put its money where its mouth is to prove its commitment.
8 If you say that thesmart money is on a particular person or thing, you mean that people who know a lot about it think that this person will be successful, or this thing will happen. (JOURNALISM)
smart money phrase
With England not playing, the smart money was on the Germans...
9 If you say that money talks, you mean that if someone has a lot of money, they also have a lot of power.
money talks phrase
The formula in Hollywood is simple<endash>money talks.
10 If you say that someone is throwing money at a problem, you are critical of them for trying to improve it by spending money on it, instead of doing more thoughtful and practical things to improve it.
throw money at phrase V inflects, PHR n (disapproval)
The Australian government's answer to the problem has been to throw money at it.
11 If you say that someone is throwing good money after bad, you are critical of them for trying to improve a bad situation by spending more money on it, instead of doing more thoughtful or practical things to improve it.
throw good money after bad phrase V inflects (disapproval)
Further heavy intervention would be throwing good money after bad.
12 If you get your money's worth, you get something which is worth the money that it costs or the effort you have put in.
(get your) money's worth phrase PHR after v
The fans get their money's worth.
to be rolling in money →
money for old rope →
to give someone a run for their money →
Appearance money is money paid to a famous person such as a sports star or film star for taking part in a public event. n-uncount
Big money is an amount of money that seems very large to you, especially money which you get easily. n-uncount
They began to make big money during the war.
1 n-uncount If someone makes a payment of blood money to the family of someone who has been killed, they pay that person's family a sum of money as compensation.
Defence lawyers have still not agreed to terms for payment of blood money to the victims' families.
2 n-uncount Blood money is money that is paid to someone for murdering someone.
Gate money is the total amount of money that is paid by the people who go to a sports match or other event.
(mainly BRIT) n-uncount
If a person is paid hush money, someone gives them money not to reveal information they have which could be damaging or embarrassing.
money box ( money boxes plural ) A money box is a small box with an opening at the top, into which a child puts coins as a way of saving money.
(mainly BRIT) n-count
Money laundering is the crime of processing stolen money through a legitimate business or sending it abroad to a foreign bank, to hide the fact that the money was illegally obtained. n-uncount
...the largest money-laundering scandal in history.
money-maker ( money-makers plural ) , moneymaker If you say that a business, product, or investment is a money-maker, you mean that it makes a big profit. (BUSINESS) n-count
money market ( money markets plural ) A country's money market consists of all the banks and other organizations that deal with short-term loans, capital, and foreign exchange. (BUSINESS) n-count
On the money markets the dollar was weaker against European currencies.
money order ( money orders plural ) A money order is a piece of paper representing a sum of money which you can buy at a post office and send to someone as a way of sending them money by post.
in BRIT, use postal order
money-spinner ( money-spinners plural ) , moneyspinner If you say that something is a money-spinner, you mean that it earns a lot of money for someone.
INFORMAL n-count usu adj N
The films have been fantastic money-spinners.
Themoney supply is the total amount of money in a country's economy at any one time. (BUSINESS) n-uncount usu the N
They believed that controlling the money supply would reduce inflation.
Paper money is money which is made of paper. Paper money is usually worth more than coins. n-uncount
Pin money is small amounts of extra money that someone earns or gets in order to buy things that they want but that they do not really need.
She'd do anything for a bit of pin money.
pocket money , pocket-money
Pocket money is money which children are given by their parents, usually every week.
(mainly BRIT) n-uncount
We agreed to give her £6 a week pocket money.
in AM, usually use allowance
Seed money is money that is given to someone to help them start a new business or project. (BUSINESS) n-uncount
Spending money is money that you have or are given to spend on personal things for pleasure, especially when you are on holiday. n-uncount
Jo will use her winnings as spending money on her holiday to the Costa Brava.