king's ransom

noun

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
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "These five stocks are eating up your index fund. Here’s a better strategy for investing in this market," 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, "Meet the new best Android TV device: The 2019 Nvidia Shield TV," 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, "Ghosts of Jets-Colts trade for Sam Darnold may haunt New York," 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, "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. SI.com, "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, cleveland.com, "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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circa 1525, in the meaning defined above

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“King's ransom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/king%27s%20ransom. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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king's ransom

noun

English Language Learners Definition of king's ransom

informal : a very large amount of money

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