top dollar

noun

Definition of top dollar

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

Examples of top dollar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But that top dollar is higher than ever for destinations that serendipitously offer the magic combination of distance, charm, space and connectivity. Joanne Cleaver, chicagotribune.com, "With work and school remote, people are moving into Midwestern vacation homes full-time — and paying top dollar for pandemic-friendly features," 4 Sep. 2020 For those willing and able to spend top dollar, the Sony A8H, a 2020 OLED TV, delivers a vibrant and strong picture with deep blacks and a sleek build. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best TVs of 2020," 10 July 2020 These are buyers who see themselves as outdoorsy and adventurous, or people whose parents had a classic Bronco, which was built from 1966 to 1996 and now gets top dollar among collectors. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford declares war with all-new Bronco as Jeep Wrangler demand spikes," 8 July 2020 Yelich heard some criticism for not getting absolute top dollar after rising into the upper echelon of offensive players, but his decision is looking pretty good under these circumstances. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It was an 'easy call' for Christian Yelich to play during pandemic, but he understands others' concerns," 5 July 2020 Spending all your time adding up receipts and finding ways to get top dollar for your efforts can be financially satisfying but might not fulfill your need for human contact. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 24, 2020: Cancer, by more carefree; Pisces, make clear goals," 24 June 2020 The company buys your old tech — smartphones, tablets, laptops, wearables, game consoles — and pays you top dollar for it (up to 33% more than buy-back programs from your cellphone carrier). Michael Park, CNN Underscored, "Take on tech’s trash problem with Decluttr," 24 June 2020 The rich have fled or remained as shut-ins, paying top dollar to have their goods and groceries delivered. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, "The Down Days Is an Eerily Prescient Pandemic Novel," 10 June 2020 Mehl said the actions of prior master developers prevented the state from selling its land for top dollar. Craig Harris, azcentral, "Why the most valuable piece of state trust land is still largely undeveloped," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of top dollar

1970, in the meaning defined above

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10 Sep 2020

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“Top dollar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/top%20dollar. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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top dollar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of top dollar

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

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