arm and a leg

noun

: an exorbitant price

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Best for: Resort riders looking to get a foot in the backcountry door without spending an arm and a leg, and freestylers who want a backcountry booter blaster. Drew Zieff, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 Creating the organized closet of your dreams doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Quincy Bulin, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Oct. 2022 Another terrific gift for Apple fans that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg is the MagSafe charger. Maren Estrada, BGR, 6 Oct. 2022 Most dependable video editing programs cost an arm and a leg. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 14 July 2022 Apple just wants to charge you an arm and a leg for a charger. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 13 May 2022 This pick is ideal for someone who wants an adjustable base but isn't ready to spend an arm and a leg. Good Housekeeping, 12 May 2022 Making your makeup last all night long doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. ELLE, 13 May 2022 But finding pieces that check those boxes, plus add energy to your outdoor space and won't cost you an arm and a leg makes for a significantly more difficult proposition. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 9 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Arm and a leg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arm%20and%20a%20leg. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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