money burns a hole in one's pocket

One can't keep from spending whatever money one has. For example, As soon as she gets paid she goes shopping; money burns a hole in her pocket. This hyperbolic expression, which alleges that one must take out the money before it actually burns a hole, was stated only slightly differently by Thomas More (c. 1530): “A little wanton money ... burned out the bottom of his purse.”


Nearby words

  1. monetize,
  2. money,
  3. money belt,
  4. money box,
  5. money burning a hole in one's pocket,
  6. money changing,
  7. money cowrie,
  8. money cowry,
  9. money fund,
  10. money is no object

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