not grow on trees

not grow on trees

Fig. not to be abundant; not to be expendable. (Usually said about money.) I can't afford that. Money doesn't grow on trees, you know. Don't waste the glue. That stuff doesn't grow on trees, you know.
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not grow on trees

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If you say that people or things of a particular kind do not grow on trees, you mean that they are very difficult to get. Mitchell could not be replaced in a hurry: agents with his expertise did not grow on trees. Investments worth $1.75 billion do not grow on trees. Note: People often say money doesn't grow on trees to tell someone that what they want will not be easy to pay for. All this extra money you want to spend doesn't grow on trees.
See also: grow, not, on, tree

not grow on trees

in. not to be abundant; not to be wasted. (Usually said about money.) Don’t waste the glue. That stuff doesn’t grow on trees, you know.
See also: grow, not, on, tree