colloquial variants of "a large sum of money"

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  1. _Vert_

    _Vert_ Member

    Russia, Russian
    Which are slang\colloquial variants of the expression "a large sum of money"? Somewhere I came across "a pretty sum of money". Is it often used?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. sound shift

    sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England
    "A pretty sum of money" sounds old-fashioned, like something out of a Dickens novel.

    There are many colloquial ways of saying "a large sum of money". Here are some:

    Loads of money
    Bags of money
    Shedloads of money
    Pots of money
    A packet ("He got paid a packet for that job")
    A bomb ("They made a bomb out of that land deal")
    A killing ("When I sold my shares in xxxx I made a killing")
  3. _Vert_

    _Vert_ Member

    Russia, Russian
    Thank you, it was very helpful.
  4. AngelEyes

    AngelEyes Senior Member

    English - United States

    Some American contributions:

    A big wad of dough.
    A big load of cash.
    A big pile of "moolah."
    A whole bunch of greenbacks.

    Your example is heard, but not all the time. As you can see from my examples, yours is the prettiest example of all. :)

  5. sloopjc Senior Member

    UK English
    Don't be forgetting, "Bags of lolly"!
  6. Stefan Ivanovich Senior Member

    Paris, France
    What about hefty money / hefty dough ?
  7. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    As you mentioned pretty ...

    Bill's new car must have cost a pretty penny.

    I haven't heard that for a long time.

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