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Burn a hole in someone’s pocket vs Make a hole in someone’s pocket

burn a hole in someone’s pocket—(of money) make a person eager to spend it:

  • It’s Sunday, everything’s closed, and there’s Bob with $10 burning a hole in his pocket.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase have money to burnhave so much money that one can spend it freely:

  • You must have money to burn. First of all, that floodlighting, and then this.

make a hole in someone’s pocket—deplete smb.’s savings, bank account, etc. considerably:

  • The cost of these repairs to the house has made a big hole in my pocket.