small fortune


: a surprisingly or unexpectedly large amount of money
They spent a small fortune on redecorating their house.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Five extra days in a destination like Mexico or Hawaii can cost a small fortune, not to mention difficult to find a room at the height of spring break or summer travel. Jen Murphy, Outside Online, 27 Feb. 2023 Then came a small fortune from the federal government: $24 million in COVID-19 relief funds for the district of nearly 3,800 students. Detroit Free Press, 27 Mar. 2023 Nobody wants to live in a draughty, cold home that costs a small fortune to heat, but the sad reality is millions of people wake up every day in such a property. Jamie Hailstone, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 Rather than treating that theory seriously, however, progressive media figures slandered the theory’s proponents, with support from researchers who stood to lose out on a small fortune in grants for coronavirus research in China if such funding was cut off in a backlash. The Editors, National Review, 27 Feb. 2023

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“Small fortune.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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