arm and a leg


Definition of arm and a leg

: an exorbitant price

Examples of arm and a leg in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cons: Security can be an issue Getting your hands on a great Wi-Fi router doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and perhaps no model better illustrates that than the TP-Link AC1200 Gigabit WiFi Router (Archer A6 V3). Chris Hachey, BGR, 10 Sep. 2021 Thankfully, a quick refresh doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Danielle Harling, House Beautiful, 29 Aug. 2021 He was hit in an arm and a leg, and his back was peppered with shrapnel. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Aug. 2021 The control cabin detached on impact, flinging out 10 men, including Nobile, who broke an arm and a leg. Diana Preston, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2021 Jabra Elite 85h noise-canceling headphones Over-ear noise-canceling headphones don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Maren Estrada, BGR, 21 June 2021 The Charge 4 is one of the only fitness trackers that includes GPS without costing an arm and a leg. Matt Jancer, Wired, 22 June 2021 One of the core missions of a municipality is to provide clean, potable water to residents without it costing an arm and a leg., 7 May 2021 Is anyone out there on the lookout for an entry-level workhorse that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? Maren Estrada, BGR, 20 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'arm and a leg.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of arm and a leg

1924, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About arm and a leg

Time Traveler for arm and a leg

Time Traveler

The first known use of arm and a leg was in 1924

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near arm and a leg


arm and a leg


See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for arm and a leg

Last Updated

15 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Arm and a leg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!