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
Recent Examples on the Web What king's ransom would the price of entry be if the trumpeters all make a ‘living wage’ for a temporary job best filled by college students? Luther Ray Abel, National Review, 17 Feb. 2023 But a king's ransom awaits you with A Royal Corgi Christmas (Hallmark, Nov. 25), where a prince who's about to assume the throne gifts his mother a rambunctious corgi named Mistletoe, who's in desperate need of a trainer. Dan Snierson,, 22 Nov. 2022 At the Chamounix Equestrian Center, children learn the aristocratic sport — but those in the Work to Ride program don't need a king's ransom. Anne-Marie Green, CBS News, 31 Aug. 2022 Yet Hilbert paid a king's ransom of over $7.6 billion for the struggling lender, more than seven times its book value. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 18 Feb. 2022 Hot Reads: Upon Further Review Barcelona has locked up its budding star Pedri with a deal that includes a $1.1 billion release clause, ensuring that any potential suitor would have to pay a king's ransom to pry away the 18-year-old midfielder. Justin Birnbaum, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 Research Affiliates ran numbers for Fortune showing how a few stocks with gigantic market caps—most of them boasting king's ransom valuations—have grabbed a bigger and bigger slice of the S&P 500. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 30 May 2020 With such a small customer base, Nvidia's SoC division does not have a king's ransom in resources, and this new Tegra chip is not a huge upgrade. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 28 Oct. 2019 On Draft Day, then Jets GM Mike Maccagnan paid a king's ransom to the Indianapolis Colts for the right to move up three spots to select the former USC signal caller. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, 7 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1525, in the meaning defined above

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

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“King's ransom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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king's ransom

: a very large sum of money
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