Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughing all the way to the bank: The English We Speak

Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei. Rob: And hello, I’m Rob. Feifei: Something funny, Rob? Rob: Not really… Well, yes actually. I’ve had some luck. Feifei: Tell me more. Rob: Well, I bought loads of shares in that new chain of burger restaurants and guess what? Feifei: You’ve got a free burger? Rob: No, Feifei – the price of the shares has risen and I’ve doubled my money. I’m laughing all the way to the bank! For the first time in my life I’m rich! Feifei: Calm down, Rob! I think you’d get some strange looks if you went to the bank laughing – the bank has all your money – there’s nothing to laugh about. Rob: Seriously, Feifei! If I ‘laugh all the way to the bank’, it just means I have made lots of money very easily. Feifei: Of course! Rob: Let’s hear some more examples. The florist laughed all the way to the bank when she signed a deal to supply all the hotels in the chain with flowers. Since we bought it, the price of our house has greatly increased. So when we come to sell it, we’ll be laughing all the way to the bank. Now the two companies have merged, shareholders will be laughing all the way to the bank! Feifei: This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English and we’re looking at the funny phrase ‘laughing all the way to the bank’, which means ‘to make lots of money very easily’. But, Rob, buying shares is no laughing matter. Rob: Why’s that? Feifei: Shares can go down in value as well as up – and I’ve just read that because someone got food poisoning at one of those burger restaurants, the share price has gone down. Rob: Oh, so my get-rich-quick plan hasn’t worked. Feifei: Can you cry all the way to the bank as well? Rob: Cry all the way to the bank? Yes, I think you can – and I’m going to do that right now. I need to borrow some money. Bye. Feifei: I can lend you a fiver! Bye.

19 thoughts on “Laughing all the way to the bank: The English We Speak

  1. Hi there, I have a question and I hope you will anwser it 😄
    Which one is correct to say,climatic or climate changes ?

  2. Last Saturday I betted 30000 pounds which were all what I had, on the game between Barcelona and athletic Madrid, the bet was both teams to score but athletic didn't score so I cried all the way to the bank.

  3. Laughing is the best medicine, but if you laugh with no reason it means that you need to see a doctor..

  4. I hope I can laughing all the way to the bank too. Thanks for BBC learning English. This is a terrific program.

  5. "To be laughing all the way to bank" is also used when you make shedloads of money from an activity that other people refused to invest in because they thought it worthless and unable to turn a profit.

  6. Thank you very much. It's very interesting finding out more idioms, this helps me for my exam as well. 🙂

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