upwards of

variants: or less commonly upward of

Definition of upwards of

: more than : in excess of they cost upwards of $25

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Some people had been charged upward of $2,000, Hodge said in June. al.com, "Suspended Mobile towing companies get no relief," 23 July 2019 It is assumed that phones are mostly smuggled into prisons by visitors and staff, and who can collect fees upwards of $1,000 per phone. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "California gang leaders’ prison cell phones reveal secrets that stayed in the dark for years," 3 July 2019 However, by Tuesday morning, about a dozen pairs had sold on the online marketplace for upwards of $1,000. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Nike "Betsy Ross flag" sneakers selling for more than $2,000 on StockX," 2 July 2019 Finches who win the avian-idol contest are extremely valuable and can sell for upward of $5,000, the complaint reads. Michael Brice-saddler, courant.com, "Prosecutors: East Hartford man tried to smuggle 34 finches through JFK Airport," 18 June 2019 Black Americans spend upward of $63 billion dollars annually on travel. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Black & Abroad founders encourage African Americans to visit their ancestral continent," 14 June 2019 The original’s designer and manufacturer are murky, but that hasn’t stopped sellers from offering vintage examples on sites like 1stdibs for upward of $3,000. New York Times, "Trends in Design and Home Furnishings," 8 May 2018 Since a landscaper has stated that a 3-foot-deep barrier in our dense, clay soil for the 20 or 25 linear feet required would cost them upwards of $1,000, this would be no small request. OregonLive.com, "Is clumping bamboo really not invasive? If not slugs, 'what is eating my perennials?' Ask an expert," 5 May 2018 Wednesday’s event was more intimate than last year’s, with attendance estimated at upward of 1,000. Teddy Bailey, Indianapolis Star, "Bob Knight likes what he sees in IU basketball coach Archie Miller," 28 Feb. 2018

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1683, in the meaning defined above

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