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Money is no object

  • Money is no object is an idiom that has been in use for over two hundred years. An idiom is a commonly used word, group of words, or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. Often using descriptive imagery or metaphors, common idioms are words and phrases used in the English language in order to convey a concise idea, and are often spoken or are considered informal or conversational. English idioms can illustrate emotion more quickly than a phrase that has a literal meaning, even when the etymology or origin of the idiomatic expression is lost. An idiom is a metaphorical figure of speech, and it is understood that it is not a use of literal language. Figures of speech like an often-used metaphor have definitions and connotations that go beyond the literal meaning of the words. Mastery of the turn of phrase of an idiom, which may use slang words or other parts of speech, is essential for the English learner. Many English as a Second Language students do not understand idiomatic expressions and idiomatic language such as in a blue moon, spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, silver lining, back to the drawing board, barking up the wrong tree, kick the bucket, hit the nail on the head, face the music, under the weather, piece of cake, when pigs fly, and raining cats and dogs, because they attempt to translate them word for word, which yields only the literal meaning. English phrases that are idioms should not be taken literally. In addition to learning vocabulary and grammar, one must understand the phrasing of the figurative language of idiomatic phrases in order to know English like a native speaker; it is helpful to maintain a list of phrases, common expressions, colloquial terms, and popular expressions to memorize that are used figuratively or idiomatically. We will examine the meaning of the idiom money is no object, where it came from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.


     

    Money is no object means that the cost need not be considered, that one has unlimited resources for fulfilling a need or a goal. For instance, some consider that when it comes to health care, money is no object. The words no object in this phrase may be interpreted to mean “no obstacle;” the word object here means a thing of importance or something that must be considered. The expression money is no object came into use in the 1800s; an early use has been found in the 1780s: salary is no object.

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    Examples

    If money is no object and you are looking for a truly unforgettable meal in Las Vegas, Restaurant Guy Savoy is ready to ignite your senses with some of the most amazing flavors you’ll find anywhere in the world. (Las Vegas Magazine)

    “I’ve learned with them very quickly that money is no object,” said Lafferty, who has planned at least four other events with Quinn. (New York Post)

    So you see, it’s going to cost taxpayers some money, but, as you know, money is no object to the mayor and Augusta commissioners since it’s not their money. (The Augusta Chronicle)


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