arm and a leg


Definition of arm and a leg

: an exorbitant price

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Let’s look at ways to get better seats for free, or at least without paying an arm and a leg. Rick Seaney, Fox News, "How to snag a better airline seat without paying too much more (if anything)," 6 Aug. 2018 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 Finally, one thing about college that won't cost an arm and a leg. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "E5 College Sweatshirts Are 50% off on Amazon Right Now," 10 Aug. 2018 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

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1924, in the meaning defined above

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