top dollar


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

Examples of top dollar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As far as emeralds go, two of Colombian provenance are expected to fetch top dollar: A 15.9-carat emerald and diamond ring could reach $1.1 million, while a similar ring with a 17.6-carat emerald is estimated on the high end at $663,000. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 14 May 2024 There's huge appeal here for rangefinder fans who don't want to pay top dollar for a Leica M11 or who want something smaller than Fuji's interchangeable-lens X-Pro3. PCMAG, 30 Apr. 2024 Fans planning to watch Lionel Messi and Argentina in the Copa America tournament this summer should expect to pay top dollar. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 23 Apr. 2024 Business as usual for them, historically, is for negotiations to last deep into the offseason, but ultimately end with the organization paying top dollar for star players. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 22 Apr. 2024 Good business is paying top dollar for Ohio State vs. Clemson and Oklahoma vs. USC and Notre Dame vs. Georgia — and only those caliber of games. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 5 Apr. 2024 Some people go into fields like medicine or engineering in hopes of earning top dollar. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 19 Jan. 2024 The partners, meanwhile, have interests of their own, including selling ads for top dollar against the NFL’s content. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2023 Warriors must reset expectations after home letdown against Knicks Now, the Niners’ modus operandi is to pay top players top dollar. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of top dollar was in 1895

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“Top dollar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

top dollar

: the highest amount being paid for an article, product, or service
paid top dollar for the tickets
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