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Definition of top dollar 

: the highest amount being paid for a commodity or service willing to pay top dollar to get them— Dean Failey

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While in theory the Patriots could have manipulated their payroll to be in a position to pay both Brady and Garoppolo top dollar, reality suggests otherwise. Michael Mccann,, "Should Agent Don Yee be Allowed to Represent Brady and Garoppolo?," 5 Jan. 2018 There are ways, however, of getting a much better travel experience without paying top dollar. Liz Weston, The Seattle Times, "Liz Weston: How to score luxury travel for less," 29 Oct. 2018 As mentioned in our guide on selling your iPhone, having a phone in good condition is crucial in finding a buyer who’s willing to pay top dollar. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "How to trade in your old Pixel phone," 8 Oct. 2018 The car owners who paid top dollar to avoid traffic would demand to expand the highway. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Autonomous sleeping cabins are the dystopian future we must stop," 7 Sep. 2018 Students whose animals excel could earn top dollar at the auction. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD FFA show spotlights students," 16 Feb. 2018 Over-the-top dollar figures are often bandied about more as attention getters than as a bar for realistic value. Roger Vincent,, "Paul Allen puts a $150-million price on storied acreage in Beverly Crest," 11 July 2018 Thomas Woewiyu, a top lieutenant to Liberian warlord Charles Taylor – was willing to pay top dollar for the firepower that would help his rebel army seize control of his West African nation’s government. Jeremy Roebuck,, "How a Delco man sought to use stolen U.S. military weapons to wage war in Liberia," 28 June 2018 That fight will continue to be about the union seeking top dollar for its top producers. Jeff Sanders,, "Baseball’s broken economy, ‘a rising tide’ and the threat to labor peace," 2 Feb. 2018

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of top dollar

: the highest amount of money that something costs or that someone earns

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