king's ransom


Definition of king's ransom

: a very large sum of money

Examples of king's ransom in a Sentence

We paid a king's ransom for that car. that enormous diamond ring must have cost a king's ransom

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Riley, a league source said, is unwilling to trade a king's ransom for a player entering the final season of his contract who will not commit to a long term deal to stay with the Heat. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Has Pat Riley's approach with the Heat changed now that LeBron is headed out west?," 2 July 2018 After Luis Enrique demanded a king's ransom to take over and Max Allegri elected to stay in Turin with Juventus however, all signs pointed toward former player Mikel Arteta taking the reins in the Arsenal dugout., "Emery Social Media Response Underlines Why Arsenal Fans Have Become the Worst in Football," 22 May 2018 That first pick could fetch a king's ransom with the QB's coming out. Mary Kay Cabot,, "Would Alex Smith fit in Hue Jackson's downfield scheme? Hey, Mary Kay!," 14 Jan. 2018 Remember: Abbott's the guy with a king's ransom of well over $40 million in his reelection account, light years ahead of any of his announced challengers -- all Democrats, Libertarians and an independent. Mike Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Pence headlines Abbott fundraiser in D.C.," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of king's ransom

circa 1525, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of king's ransom was circa 1525

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English Language Learners Definition of king's ransom

informal : a very large amount of money

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