at a premium

idiom

1
: for a high price
Land in the county is selling at a premium.
Rooms with a view are available, but they come at a premium.
2
: difficult to get because there is little available
We bought bunk beds because space in the apartment is at a premium.

Examples of at a premium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chances to score were at a premium in the opening exchanges, with tempers flaring between both teams as the game wore on – Georgia’s substitute goalkeeper Giorgi Loria was even shown a red card moments before half-time as both benches ran onto the pitch when a scuffle broke out. Ben Church, CNN, 27 Mar. 2024 Advancement demands the determination to dig out loose balls, claim crucial rebounds and bully your way to the basket (or foul line) when points are at a premium. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 19 Mar. 2024 With actual footage of young Clemente at a premium, Altrogge turns to watercolor-style animation from Tandem Media to fill in the blanks with bursts of whimsy. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Mar. 2024 Wineries commonly hold onto some of their top wines, releasing them years later at a premium. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 29 Feb. 2024 If space is at a premium, vacuum seal bags will be your best friend. Abby Ferguson, Popular Science, 28 Feb. 2024 With victories at a premium, Sporting Director Mauro Meluso is finding it increasingly more difficult to retain the club’s biggest stars. David Ferrini, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 No matter what direction the Broncos go with their receivers, this much is certain: With cap space at a premium and the franchise now four years removed from its last 1,000-yard receiver (Sutton), change is imminent. Ryan McFadden, The Denver Post, 8 Feb. 2024 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, which are assembled at Stellantis’ Warren Truck Assembly north of Detroit, were the company’s attempt at a premium and luxury sub-brand. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2024

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“At a premium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20a%20premium. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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