1. Balance the books: to add up all the credits and debits of an account
Thomas is in charge of balancing the books at the end of each quarter for the business.
2. Bring home the bacon: to earn money to support the family
James does overtime so that he can bring home the bacon.
3. Go Dutch: splitting (sharing) the bill equally
Matthew and Hazel always go dutch when they eat out.
4. Gravy train: A job that pays a lot of money for very little effort
Ian earns a fortune for three hours’ work a day. He’s really on the gravy train!
5. Nest egg: Money that has been saved up over a period of time
Over the years Leo has been very disciplined and saved every month. He now has a big nest egg on which he can retire.
6. Cook the books: dishonest accounting
The financial world has seen many businesses that have cooked the books to make their businesses attractive to potential investors.
7. Golden handshake: A large sum of money that a company gives to an employee when he or she leaves (normally the top executives)
As CEO, Ross was given a golden handshake when he agreed to leave the company.
8. Cheapskate: A person who does not like to spend money on people (This is not used as a compliment)
Thomas did not want to spend $5 on flowers for his mother. What a cheapskate!