I'm looking for a short urban idiom that I seems to knew but it eludes my mind. Let's say somebody spends a thousand dollars on something periodically. How do I casually describe that he is minus of a thousand dollars each time? Can I say "He is down on a grand every time he ..."?

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    You could also say "He drops a grand on new clothes at the beginning of every semester." where "drop" is slang for spending money. It doesn't have to be periodically though.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Apr 7, 2021 at 20:41
  • It is also fine to use down, but we don't say "down on a grand", just "he is down a grand every time he..."
    – stangdon
    Commented Apr 8, 2021 at 16:34

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A phrase that might work is to be out the money, which means to be poorer by that amount, or have lost that amount.

For example,

All you have to do is refuse to turn that steel over to me. and I'm out a million dollars a day.

Dropping a regular cheap bulb package means that I'm out a dollar or less. But if I drop a fluorescent, I'm out four or five dollars.

I'm out the money for the new water heater, the window blinds, and the carpet...

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