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1. noun The essential and most elementary parts of something; a general outline or summary. Please don't go through each line item in the budget—just give me the bare bones.
2. adjective Having only the minimum of what is required. Hyphenated if used before a noun. The apartment is pretty bare bones, but rent is cheap, and I don't spend much time there, so I don't mind. We were given a pretty bare-bones budget to make this app, so it isn't very fancy or anything.
budget (something) for (something)
To set aside a specific amount of something, often money or time, for something else (such as an expense or task). Did you budget enough money for all of your bills this month? I was almost late to class because I didn't budget enough time for editing my paper.
A financial situation in which resources are limited. We're in a real budget crunch and can't afford a setback like this right now.
A small and/or inconsequential amount of money, often as remains after a larger budgeted amount is spent. To most people, $2,000 is a lot to spend on anything, but to the country's mega rich, it is merely budget dust. After paying for all of those repairs, only budget dust is left over.
A financial situation in which resources are limited. We're in a real budget squeeze and can't afford a setback like this right now.
champagne taste on a beer budget
Expensive or extravagant tastes or preferences that are beyond one's economic means. I only earn minimum wage, but I can't stop buying designer clothes and eating at the best restaurants—I guess I've got champagne taste on a beer budget!
champagne taste(s) on a beer budget
Expensive or extravagant tastes, preferences, or desires when one only has enough money for cheaper options. The food and drinks this places serves are fantastic, and at incredible prices! This place is a must-visit if you have champagne taste on a beer budget. Our shuttle service is an affordable option for those who still want the chauffeur experience—people with champagne tastes on a beer budget, if you will.
informal One who tends to be fussy or particular, usually to an excessive or unnecessary degree. Primarily heard in US. Don't be such a fussbudget, huh? This really isn't a big deal. Of course Vanessa found some miniscule issue that no one else would have noticed. She's such a fussbudget.
have champagne taste(s) on a beer budget
To have expensive or extravagant tastes, preferences, or desires but only enough money for cheaper options. The food and drinks this places serves are fantastic, and at incredible prices! This place is a must-visit if you have champagne taste on a beer budget. Our shuttle service aims to offer an approximation of the chauffeur experience for those who have champagne tastes on a beer budget.
A budget or allotment of resources that is very meager, sparse, or just enough to suit its purpose. Unfortunately, due to government cutbacks following the recession, our department has had to produce the same levels of work on a shoestring budget. I did all sorts of traveling with just a shoestring budget when I was in college. You learn very quickly how to make the most of what you have!
wine taste on a beer budget
Expensive or extravagant tastes or preferences that are beyond one's economic means. I only earn minimum wage, but I can't stop buying designer clothes and eating at the best restaurants—I guess I've got wine taste on a beer budget!
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budget something for someone or something
to set aside a certain amount of money for someone or something. Did you budget some money for the holiday party? I budgeted a few hundred a month for Andrew's college expenses.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The mere essentials or plain, unadorned framework of something, as in This outline gives just the bare bones of the story; details will come later. This phrase transfers the naked skeleton of a body to figurative use. [c. 1900]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To set aside some amount of money for something or someone: For the party, we budgeted $1,000 for musicians and food.
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mod. [of something] of low quality or cheap. Don’t you dare bring back any of that budget pizza!
n. a minor amount of money considering the size of the entire budget; money left over at the end of the budget year. The amount is just budget dust, chump change! What’s the big deal?
budget squeezeand budget crunch
n. a situation where there is not enough money in the budget. Facing another budget squeeze, the legislators were forced to put off their pay increase. If it wasn’t for the budget crunch, I’d get a good raise this year.
See budget squeeze
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