I'm not well-off at all and I decided to spend my vacation "in a rich (big) way", i.e. to indulge in throwing cash around, booking costly apartments, hiring private jets, dining at the first-class restaurants and so on.

I'd like to be in the know about the ways of conveying the idea of "in a rich way" in colloquial English or English spoken in different parts of the world.

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    Your own word works in this context - you spent your vacation indulgently.
    – Lawrence
    Jul 10, 2019 at 11:01
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    How does someone who is not well-off afford a private jet? Jul 10, 2019 at 16:15
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    @Cascabel Eight-seater, two drink limit, no wifi.
    – Mitch
    Jul 10, 2019 at 18:47
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    – Eugene
    Jul 10, 2019 at 19:52
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    @Lawrence's suggestion of indulgently is useful, although it takes context to know it's not a reference to, say, over-eating. A similar option, if we're happy with that risk of ambiguity, is decadently.
    – J.G.
    Jul 10, 2019 at 20:13

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You are going on a spending spree :

a brief period of extravagant spending

  • Louis went on a spending spree, buying new clothes for all of them.

(Collins Dictionary)

  • Thanks a lot. I'm trying to bring the strain of my saying about "richly spent vacation" round to a kind of humouring myself. And it is very interesting for me to know how people can express it this way in different English speaking lands.
    – Eugene
    Jul 10, 2019 at 15:25

In addition to indulging yourself, living large, and possibly going on a (spending) spree, you're also living high on the hog or eating high off the hog:

I have to do my shopping in the black market because we can't eat as high off the hog as Roosevelt and Ickes and Joe Davis and all those millionaire friends of the common man.

This idiom is often used negatively, describing the spending habits of others, but in older U.S. literature it's also used to describe one's own behavior. For example,

Of course women always have loved me for my money and as soon as Trixie finds my pot of gold, we are going to be living high on the hog, let me tell you.

I ended up not needing a new car, so I spent my savings living high on the hog for a week.

  • Very interesting expression, thank you. And what is the origin of "high on (off) the hog"?
    – Eugene
    Jul 10, 2019 at 19:31
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    To me (AmE) the phrase high on the hog connotes a lifestyle, not a temporary indulgence. By contrast, hog wild suggests a sudden or temporary indulgence. Jul 10, 2019 at 19:49
  • How is "hog wild" used in a sentence?
    – Eugene
    Jul 10, 2019 at 19:55

I like the idiom live large:

US slang
: to live like a very wealthy and successful person
// a star who is living large

In your example, you could say:

I have very little money, but I decided to live large for a week anyway.

This implies not only that you you spent a lot of money, but that you spent it in a lavish manner as the rich would do.

  • Thanks a lot. "Living large" is giving rise to a smile in me.
    – Eugene
    Jul 10, 2019 at 18:40

Similar to the last poster...

I decided to live it up. From Macmillan's Dictionary:

to do enjoyable and exciting things that involve spending a lot of money

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    Thank you for the helpful and zippy expression.
    – Eugene
    Jul 10, 2019 at 18:58

You could refer to extravagant spending by saying that you pissed money up the wall or that you pissed money away. For instance, an article on the goofy site Daily Mash has the title "Man who got surround sound looking for new ways to piss money up the wall." The first two paragraphs are rife with expressions in the same sense:

A MAN who bought an expensive Bose surround sound system for his tiny living room is looking for new ways to spunk away his income.

Sales executive Nathan Muir feels he should fritter more cash after the top-of-the-range ‘kit’ failed to make any noticeable difference to his quality of life.

The usage is especially appropriate for extravagant spending on restaurants or drinks. Based on sources like the above, the longer expression is more common in the UK. In Merriam-Webster, piss away means

slang, sometimes vulgar

: to fritter away : squander

and in the Free Dictionary piss money up the wall means

To waste a lot of money; to spend money frivolously.

The Oxford English Dictionary includes both usages under "piss, v".

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    I'm very grateful to you. I have special sentiments towards "spunking away income".
    – Eugene
    Jul 10, 2019 at 18:33

POSH is the answer that popped immediately to mind

from Collins dictionary 1. adjective If you describe something as posh, you mean that it is elegant, fashionable, and expensive. [informal] Celebrating a promotion, I took her to a posh hotel for a cocktail.

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