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an arm and a leg

Definition of an arm and a leg

informal

  1. :  a very large amount of money <It's a reliable car, and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a human upper limb

    :  the part between the shoulder and the wrist

    :  something like or corresponding to an arm: as

  1. :  to furnish or equip with weapons

    :  to furnish with something that strengthens or protects

    :  to equip or ready for action or operation

  1. :  a means (as a weapon) of offense or defense

    :  firearm

    :  a combat branch (as of an army)

  1. :  a limb of an animal used especially for supporting the body and for walking: as

    :  one of the paired vertebrate limbs that in bipeds extend from the top of the thigh to the foot

    :  the part of such a limb between the knee and foot

  1. :  to use the legs in walking

    :  run

  1. : legal

    : legato

    : legislative; legislature


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