an arm and a leg
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- (idiomatic, hyperbolic) Usually used after the verb cost, but also often charge, pay, and spend: a very high price for an item or service; an exorbitant price
- 1954, Commentary, volume 18, American Jewish Committee, page 448:
- That Polack costs me an arm and a leg, he thought.
- 1960 March 29, “Slim waists prompted new sportswear line”, in The New York Times, page 44:
- Bangle bracelets in fourteen-karat gold that do not cost an arm and a leg are always in demand.