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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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With the luxury market cooling, home sellers may have to invest in upgrades to get top dollar. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "The Top 10 Upgrades to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar," 3 Jan. 2019 If Bryant's willing to take less than top dollar and go to a team that likely won't restore him to his glory days, then New England might be a consideration. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Dez Bryant landing spots: Eight NFL teams that make sense for ex-Cowboys WR," 13 Apr. 2018 The deep-pocket groups are banking on sellers who prefer a fast sale to getting top dollar. Mary Shanklin,, "Orlando home-sales market draws online direct-sell companies," 27 Jan. 2018 Many investors feared homeowners who had paid top dollar before the bust or borrowed against properties at inflated values would soon default. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "A Hedge Fund Makes Billions Off Americans’ Underwater Mortgages," 25 Dec. 2018 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

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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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