king's ransom

noun

Definition of king's ransom

: a very large sum of money

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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 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 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, 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. SI.com, 22 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of king's ransom

circa 1525, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

10 Sep 2022

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“King's ransom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/king%27s%20ransom. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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