Topic: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul
Sam; How much money have you got today?
Frank; Oh, about twenty dollars. Why?
Sam: Well, I’m broke and I really need ten dollars. Could you lend it to me?
Frank: Why don’t you ask your brother?
Sam: That’s the problem. I borrowed ten dollars from him last month and now he wants his money right away.
Frank: Can’t you see that borrowing from one person to pay another doesn’t make sense?; You had better learn to manage your money.
Sam: I guess you’re right. Now, about that ten dollars?
- have got: Have got and have mean the same. Have got is more informal. We use have (got) here to refer to both verbs: Ex: I’ve got a terrible pain in my back.
- be broke: without money
- right away: immediately
- make sense: to be clear and easy to understand
- had better: If you had better/best do something, you should do it or it would be good to do it
- rob Peter to pay Paul: to borrow money from one person to pay back money you borrowed from someone else