for one’s money

noun, plural mon·eys, mon·ies.

  1. any circulating medium of exchange, including coins, paper money, and demand deposits.
  2. paper money.
  3. gold, silver, or other metal in pieces of convenient form stamped by public authority and issued as a medium of exchange and measure of value.
  4. any article or substance used as a medium of exchange, measure of wealth, or means of payment, as checks on demand deposit or cowrie.
  5. a particular form or denomination of currency.
  6. money of account.
  7. capital to be borrowed, loaned, or invested: mortgage money.
  8. an amount or sum of money: Did you bring some money?
  9. wealth considered in terms of money: She was brought up with money.
  10. moneys. Also monies. Chiefly Law. pecuniary sums.
  11. property considered with reference to its pecuniary value.
  12. pecuniary profit: not for love or money.


  1. of or relating to money.
  2. used for carrying, keeping, or handling money: Have you seen my little money purse?
  3. of or relating to capital or finance: the money business.
  1. for one’s money, Informal. with respect to one’s opinion, choice, or wish: For my money, there’s nothing to be gained by waiting.
  2. in the money, Informal.
    1. having a great deal of money; affluent: You can see he’s in the money by all those clothes he buys.
    2. first, second, or third place in a contest, especially a horse or dog race.
  3. make money, to make a profit or become rich: You’ll never make money as a poet.
  4. on the money, Informal.
    1. at just the exact spot or time; on target: The space shuttle landed on the money at 9:55 a.m.
    2. exhibiting or done with great accuracy or expertise: His weather forecasts are always on the money.

    Also right on the money.

  5. put one’s money where one’s mouth is, Informal. to prove the truth of one’s words by actions or other evidence; demonstrate one’s sincerity or integrity: Instead of bragging about your beautiful house, put your money where your mouth is and invite us over to see it.


  1. a medium of exchange that functions as legal tender
  2. the official currency, in the form of banknotes, coins, etc, issued by a government or other authority
  3. a particular denomination or form of currencysilver money
  4. property or assets with reference to their realizable value
  5. plural moneys or monies formal a pecuniary sum or income
  6. an unspecified amount of paper currency or coinsmoney to lend
  7. for one’s money in one’s opinion
  8. in the money informal well-off; rich
  9. money for old rope informal profit obtained by little or no effort
  10. money to burn more money than one needs
  11. one’s money’s worth full value for the money one has paid for something
  12. put money into to invest money in
  13. put money on to place a bet on
  14. put one’s money where one’s mouth is See mouth (def. 19)


  1. best, most valuable, or most eagerly anticipatedthe money shot; the money note

mid-13c., “coinage, metal currency,” from Old French monoie “money, coin, currency; change” (Modern French monnaie), from Latin moneta “place for coining money, mint; coined money, money, coinage,” from Moneta, a title or surname of the Roman goddess Juno, in or near whose temple money was coined; perhaps from monere “advise, warn” (see monitor (n.)), with the sense of “admonishing goddess,” which is sensible, but the etymology is difficult. Extended early 19c. to include paper money.

It had been justly stated by a British writer that the power to make a small piece of paper, not worth one cent, by the inscribing of a few names, to be worth a thousand dollars, was a power too high to be entrusted to the hands of mortal man. [John C. Calhoun, speech, U.S. Senate, Dec. 29, 1841]

I am not interested in money but in the things of which money is the symbol. [Henry Ford]

To make money “earn pay” is first attested mid-15c. Highwayman’s threat your money or your life first attested 1841. Phrase in the money (1902) originally meant “one who finishes among the prize-winners” (in a horse race, etc.). The challenge to put (one’s) money where (one’s) mouth is is first recorded 1942, American English. money-grub “one who is sordidly intent on amassing money” is from 1768. The image of money burning a hole in someone’s pocket is attested from 1520s.

According to one’s opinion, choice, or preference. For example, For my money, a trip to Europe is not worth the trouble or expense. [Second half of 1500s]

In addition to the idioms beginning with money

  • money burns a hole in one’s pocket
  • money is no object
  • money talks
  • money to burn

also see:

  • coin money
  • color of one’s money
  • easy money
  • even money
  • fool and his money are soon parted
  • for one’s money
  • funny money
  • get one’s money’s worth
  • hush money
  • in the money
  • made of money
  • not for love or money
  • on the money
  • pay your money and take your choice
  • pin money
  • pocket money
  • put money on
  • put one’s money where one’s mouth is
  • rolling in it (money)
  • run for one’s money
  • throw good money after bad
  • time is money
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