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A phrase emphasizing the persuasive power of money. If you want us to help you out, here’s some advice—money talks.
Fig. Money gives one power and influence to help get things done or get one’s own way. Don’t worry. I have a way of getting things done. Money talks. I can’t compete against rich old Mrs. Jones. She’ll get her way because money talks.
Wealth has great influence, as in Big contributors to campaigns are generally rewarded with important posts-in politics money talks . The idea behind this idiom was stated by Euripides in the fifth century b.c., and some 2,000 years later Erasmus spoke of “the talking power of money” ( Adagia, 1532). The precise current locution, however, only began to be used about 1900.
COMMON If you say that money talks, you mean that people with a lot of money have power and influence. Money talks in the Premiership and only the biggest spenders have any real hope of success. As far as Taylor is concerned, money talks and he can do what he likes. Note: This expression is variable. Nowhere does money talk louder than in Las Vegas.
wealth gives power and influence to those who possess it. proverb
(saying) if you have a lot of money you can get special treatment, have more power, persuade people to do things, etc: Of course he’ll get what he wants. Money talks, doesn’t it?
in. money can buy cooperation; having money makes one influential. Like they say, money talks, but don’t try making it talk to a cop.
Wealth is power. This idea is probably as old as money. It was stated by the Greek playwright Euripides in Medea and cited among Erasmus’s Adagia (1523)—“Against the talking power of money eloquence is of no avail”—as well as by scores of others.
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