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waste money

This page is about the collocation waste money

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to spend money on something you don't really need or want

For example

  • Why waste money on designer clothes you hardly ever wear?

  • George Best said he spent lots of money on drinking, girls and fast cars, and wasted the rest.

Note:
You can also waste a particular amount, as in "waste fifty dollars".

Quick Quiz

Most people would say you've wasted money if you've spent it

a. educating your kids

b. gambling in a casino

c. helping disaster victims

Contributor: Matt Errey