Stock Market Idioms

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make a killing

Meaning: to earn a lot of money in a short time and with little effort.

Example: If the stock prices surge as predicted, you could make a killing by investing now. Read more ➺


Meaning: describes an investment or asset that is considered to be of the highest quality and very secure, often used in the context of government bonds.

Example: The company's gilt-edged bonds are highly sought after by conservative investors. Read more ➺

blue chip

Meaning: a stock issued by a well-established, financially sound company with a history of reliable earnings and regular dividend payments.

Example: Investors often seek out blue-chip stocks like Coca-Cola and IBM for their portfolios. Read more ➺

safe bet

Meaning: something that will undoubtedly happen.

Example: I knew her passing the exams was a safe bet because she has been a hardworking student. Read more ➺

burst the bubble

Meaning: the sudden end of a very happy or successful period

Example: She looked so happy about getting married that her sister just couldn't burst the bubble. Read more ➺

easy come, easy go

Meaning: readily won and readily lost

Example: I won a lot of money at the casino last night but lost it on my way out. Oh well, easy come, easy go. Read more ➺

a bird in the hand

Meaning: a possession that is worthy

Example: The fact is that he did not realise that a bird in the hand was worth more and went after having an extra marital affair. Now he neither has his wife nor his girlfriend. Read more ➺

tighten belt

Meaning: to save your money

Example: I have had to tighten my belt since I lost my job at the ice cream factory. Read more ➺