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Free English Lesson: Common ‘Money’ Phrasal Verbs

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Using phrasal verbs in English is just one of the many ways you can add a little colour to the things you say. While they might seem a little complicated, they’re actually very easy to use! They’re often used when it comes to talking about different things about money in particular.

So are you ready to add a few to your vocabulary? Read on and take a look!

1. Rip off

This is used to describe when someone is charging an extremely high amount of money for something, and more than what it is probably worth.

E.g. “The market seller was trying to rip you off with those bags – they’re not even worth £20!”

2. Lend out

This phrasal verb is used when giving something to someone, with the intention that it is only for a certain period, and not forever! You would expect someone to return something that you lend out to them.

E.g. “I’ll lend you the money for a new bike so you don’t have to wait to buy it.”

3. Splash out

You use this phrasal verb to describe spending excessively on something, as a treat for yourself or others, and it will probably be something you do not normally have or buy.

E.g. “For our last night on holiday, we splashed out on a really fancy dinner in a posh restaurant.”

4. Get by

You can see this as the opposite of splashing out – this verb means to have just enough money to survive on the basics, without any extra left over.

E.g. “My student loan was delayed but I could just about get by with the tips from my job.”


Quick Practice

Which phrasal verb would you use in the following events?

  1. Your friend wants to buy a new coat but hasn’t got her bank card with her.
  2. Your parents treat you to a special lunch.
  3. You have very little money to spend on holiday.
  4. A shop is charging three times the price for a DVD compared to all other shops.

Your turn

To help you learn and understand phrasal verbs, the best way to practice is by using them in conversation! So why not put together a little chat between a group of friends? Try and use each phrase at least once.