plural bank-breakers

Definition of bank-breaker

: something that is extremely or excessively expensive At less than $700,000, the Flynn-Johnston compromise is not a bank-breaker.Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, 4 Dec. 2009 — see also break the bank at bank entry 4

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1984, in the meaning defined above

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“Bank-breaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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