Idioms

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Idioms

cost an arm and a leg

cost an arm and a leg

Meaning

  • very expensive
  • costing a lot of money
  • to be very expensive
  • a very large and exorbitant sum of money
  • very costly
  • excessively pricey

Example Sentences

  1. I’d really like to have a new farm house, but it may cost me an arm and a leg.
  2. This dress is really nice, but it cost me an arm and a leg.
  3. You must visit that restaurant; the food is really good, and it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg.
  4. “How much would you pay for luxurious farmhouse by the beach? An arm and a leg?”
  5. I would have loved to go with my friends on a vacation, but it would have cost me an arm and a leg.
  6. The show is excellent, but the tickets cost an arm and a leg.
  7. He really wants to go to that event. He’s willing to pay an arm and a leg for it.
  8. I went to the auction but didn’t pick up anything. Everything cost an arm and a leg.
  9. This resort lets you experience luxury without having to pay an arm and a leg.

Origin:
This is an American phrase, coined sometime after World War II. Probable reference is to soldiers who had lost their limbs in the war, thus having to pay a very high price for the war.

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