top dollar


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, homes must be well-maintained, fairly priced to the competition, and in a good location to command top dollar. Andrew Brinker,, 16 Nov. 2022 Demand for major shows like Swift’s is now so big that fans can sometimes end up paying top dollar for tickets that don’t even exist. Morgan Sung, NBC News, 15 Nov. 2022 The extent to which car companies can keep buyers paying top dollar for vehicles—a core driver of profitability within the industry throughout the pandemic—was a focus of recent earnings calls. Ryan Felton, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2022 So where in San Francisco do houses command top dollar relative to their size? Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Oct. 2022 Many players’ agents were spotted in the hallways at the Conrad Las Vegas hotel Monday, preparing to make their pitches for their free agents to clubs willing to pay top dollar. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Nov. 2022 The appraisal came in at $41 million, which Bachtell and others believed was low, especially considering the increasing tendency of ultra-wealthy people to buy huge spreads of open land in Western states for top dollar. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Sep. 2022 Maybe that’s counting out Diaz, who could sign with any promotion in the world for top dollar, and Ferguson, who refuses to quit, out prematurely. cleveland, 10 Sep. 2022 Tech enthusiasts watched as a collection of NFTs from Bored Ape Yacht Club featuring flashy cartoon ape depictions sold for top dollar. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 19 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of top dollar was in 1970

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Cite this Entry

“Top dollar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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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