arm and a leg


Definition of arm and a leg

: an exorbitant price

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Most city dwellers would give and arm and a leg for outdoor space, but this couple in Beijing decided to turn its balcony into an extension of its two-bedroom apartment in the most creative way possible. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Apartment balcony transformed into a magical Japanese teahouse," 15 July 2019 What’s the best way to visit a lot of parks this summer without costing us an arm and a leg? Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Happy 103rd birthday, National Park Service! Celebrate with free entrance Sunday at any facility," 21 Aug. 2019 Available sizes: queen or split king Trial period: not offered Lucid L300 Adjustable Bed Base This pick is ideal for someone who wants an adjustable base but isn't ready to spend an arm and a leg on it. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "6 Best Adjustable Beds and Mattresses for the Most Comfortable Sleep Ever," 30 July 2019 Matthew Oldham, the security director, said the man was conscious but appeared to have two broken arms and a leg injury, the station reported. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Drunken driving suspect crashes into building in downtown Dallas," 24 July 2019 One resident, Marquise St. John, 29, saved himself by kicking out an air conditioning unit and jumping out of the window of the burning home, breaking an arm and a leg, Doory said. Erika Butler,, "Judge: Woman charged with setting fatal Edgewood house fire 'an incredible danger to the community'," 3 July 2019 However, interning in Washington D.C. could easily cost you an arm and a leg. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "The Black Girl 44 Scholarship Is Leveling The Internship Playing Field," 19 June 2019 Instead, he was faced with paying an arm and a leg to buy a battery from the manufacturer. Gautam Srikishan, The Verge, "Anker CEO Steven Yang is all in on USB-C," 6 Nov. 2018 Still, some aren't exactly thrilled at the prospect of paying an arm and a leg to see Michelle Obama's toned arms IRL. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Michelle Obama Is Selling Out Arenas for Her Book Tour—and Tickets Cost as Much as $3,000," 22 Sep. 2018

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1924, in the meaning defined above

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