arm and a leg


Definition of arm and a leg 

: an exorbitant price

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The 7 Best Moisturizers for $20 or Less Don't spend an arm and a leg trying to keep your face hydrated. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The 7 Best Moisturizers for $20 or Less," 4 June 2018 There's a reason real leather can cost you an arm and a leg. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make Leather," 2 Aug. 2016 Bothe-Napa Valley State Park Who said Wine Country accommodations have to cost an arm and a leg? Jeanne Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle, "Top 10 California parks: Spend the night, but ditch the tent," 9 May 2018 Unfortunately, royalty-free stock photography can cost you an arm and a leg, so finding a free stock photo site is like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Jenny Knizner, USA TODAY, "11 Free Marketing Resources for Freelancers," 16 Apr. 2018 Lozano would apparently not cost Juventus too much in the way of a transfer fee, given that players from the Netherlands never cost an arm and a leg., "Juventus Eye PSV Star As Potential Ready-Made Replacement for Real Madrid Target Paulo Dybala," 4 Apr. 2018 There are, however, plenty of options that won’t cost you an arm and a leg—or a photograph in front of Spring Studios. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Shop the 5 Cool Coats That Defined Street Style at New York Fashion Week," 16 Feb. 2018 Now let’s find some summer destinations that won’t cost an arm and a leg to fly to. Rick Seaney, USA TODAY, "Airfare Expert: Seven cheap destinations for summer 2018," 13 Mar. 2018 It's kept them from driving to Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens, and economically has saved them an arm and a leg in fuel cost. Austen Erblat,, "Candidate Guide: Core issues and positions in their own words," 7 Mar. 2018

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1924, in the meaning defined above

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