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 Finding a large, sturdy one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, however, is no easy feat. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "20 Amazon furniture pieces that look way more expensive than they are," 21 Sep. 2020 Velez said the three officers sustained varying degrees of injuries--one was struck in the chest and suffered injuries to an arm and a leg; another officer was shot in the back; the third officer was wounded in the foot. Fox News, "3 police officers shot in Maryland were 'ambushed,' authorities say," 24 Aug. 2020 Who said a robot vacuum had to cost an arm and a leg? Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Wednesday," 6 Aug. 2020 Robot vacuums don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Thursday," 10 July 2020 There was a time not long ago when almost any solid state drive would cost you an arm and a leg. Popular Science, "The best SSDs for portable digital storage," 12 June 2020 Turn it down: Extend one arm and one leg at a time, instead of an arm and a leg together. Mallory Creveling,, "The Best Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do at Home," 15 Apr. 2020 Lowest price: Our favorite affordable, portable speaker (Photo: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser) Good-quality Bluetooth speakers don't have to cost an arm and a leg. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Tuesday," 17 Mar. 2020 Nvidia’s back with another drop-dead gorgeous themed graphics card, but unlike the Star Wars Titan Xp Collector’s Edition, the new one won’t cost an arm and a leg. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "You can't buy Nvidia's ultra-rare GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Cyberpunk 2077 Edition, but you can win it," 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of arm and a leg

1924, in the meaning defined above

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“Arm and a leg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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