- (idiomatic) A considerable amount of money; a high price or a high income.
- They could charge a pretty penny as they had a captive audience.
- 1850, William Makepeace Thackeray, The History of Pendennis, ch. 75:
- We shall have our branch line—our shares are up, sir—and we buy your three fields along the Brawl, and put a pretty penny into your pocket, Mr. Pendennis.
- 1921, John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga, part 1, ch. 6:
- He expected she was spending a pretty penny on dress.
- 1991, Robert Wyatt and Alfreda Benge, "Shrinkrap" on Dondestan album,
- It costs a pretty penny
- Just to stay afloat.
- It takes a lot of lolly
- Trying to be jolly.
- 2007 April 30, Barbara Kiviat, "Stephen Schwarzman," Time:
- Schwarzman's firm makes a pretty penny in a number of finance fields.