top dollar


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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For nonprofits that rely on fundraising, their boards are often willing to pay top dollar for executives who can hobnob with wealthy prospective donors and convince them to reach for their purse or wallet. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Southeast Michigan nonprofit CEO pay has jumped. Here's why," 23 Aug. 2019 But even after dramatic market swoons in May and August, investors still seem willing to pay top dollar for stocks—especially those that promise substantial growth. Ryan Derousseau, Fortune, "4 Fast-Growing Companies for Investors Hunting for Bargains," 15 Aug. 2019 And historically, San Franciscans haven’t been willing to pay top dollar for Korean food — a similar mentality that plagues a lot of Asian cuisines, said Hong. Janelle Bitker,, "Is San Francisco ready for a Korean food boom?," 8 Aug. 2019 Bidders sat at tables and chairs holding up large white signs to signal their desire to pay top dollar for fine-looking steers, pigs and sheep. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gov. Tony Evers sells his first livestock at State Fair auction," 7 Aug. 2019 Since the 1970s, the business model for textbook makers has been to sell very expensive books to students, updating them every few years with new material to keep students paying top dollar. Eric Johnson, Vox, "“The $300 textbook is dead,” says the CEO of textbook maker Pearson," 2 Aug. 2019 The Rams bucked the growing trend of waiting until after a holdout to pay top dollar for a star ball-carrier. Austin Knoblauch, Los Angeles Times, "Cowboys won’t set the market with Ezekiel Elliott’s contract, Stephen Jones says," 1 Aug. 2019 Along the way, Andre Iguodala openly campaigned for Looney to get top dollar this summer. Rob Mahoney,, "NBA Free Agency 2019: Top 50 Players Available," 24 June 2019 Will a bumper crop of high-end RFAs looking to get paid top dollar force teams into making deals to meet budgetary constraints? Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "NHL Draft fireworks? Sharks’ Doug Wilson says there’s been “a lot of buzz”," 20 June 2019

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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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