king's ransom

noun

Definition of king's ransom

:a very large sum of money

Examples of king's ransom in a Sentence

  1. We paid a king's ransom for that car.

  2. that enormous diamond ring must have cost a king's ransom

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First Known Use of king's ransom

circa 1525

king's ransom Synonyms

Synonyms
big bucks, bomb [British], boodle, bundle, earth, fortune, megabucks, mint, packet [chiefly British], pile, wad
Antonyms
mite, peanuts, pittance song
Related Words
heap, pot; bonanza, mine, treasure trove; assets, capital, means, property, riches, wealth, wherewithal; bread [slang], cash, chips, currency, dough, gold, jack [slang], legal tender, lucre, pelf, tender, wampum
Near Antonyms
petty cash, pin money, pocket money, spending money

KING'S RANSOM Defined for English Language Learners

king's ransom

noun

Definition of king's ransom for English Language Learners

  • : a very large amount of money


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