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

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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, latimes.com, "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, Philly.com, "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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Baseball’s broken economy, ‘a rising tide’ and the threat to labor peace," 2 Feb. 2018 During the boom, energy companies paid top dollar to recruit and retain key employees, especially those with critical technical skills. Houston Chronicle, "Competition for top talent keeps pay scale high in oil industry," 13 July 2018 In fact, upper-class purgers pay top dollar to be able to purge in a safe, controlled hunting ground. refinery29.com, "Why People Either Really Love Or Hate The Purge Movies," 3 July 2018 It could be viewed as a surrender, a sign that he’s given up trying to match the might of digital companies that are able to pay top dollar to churn out television series, movies and comedy specials like candy. Rachel Van Dongen, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: One Republican senator has the power to defeat Trump's Supreme Court nominee," 2 July 2018 It could be viewed as a surrender, a sign that he’s given up trying to match the might of digital companies that are able to pay top dollar to churn out television series, movies and comedy specials like candy. Sarah Ellison, Philly.com, "Rupert Murdoch: The media mogul says goodbye to much of the company he built," 2 July 2018

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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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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