a pretty penny

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a pretty penny

"a pretty penny"

a lot of money;



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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a pretty penny

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I heard the company is going to buy brand-new, state-of-the-art laptops for the entire team.

Colleague 2:  That will cost a pretty penny.

Colleague 1:  Yes, very expensive.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a pretty penny

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Wow! Nice sports car. It must be worth a pretty penny.

Friend 2:  Seventy-five thousand dollars.

Friend 1:  That's a lot of money.

a pretty penny - Usage:


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a pretty penny - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a pretty penny.

a pretty penny - Examples:

1)  What we have all failed to appreciate is that this care costs a pretty penny. And this is not limited to the private facilities only.

2)  So what will a high-tech scooter like this cost you? A pretty penny. Pricing ranges from $2,999 for the 12-mile model and goes up to $4,999 for ...

3)  These $300 earphones may cost a pretty penny, but their build and sound quality go a long way in justifying their price.

4)  ... how should he head there? In his Gulfstream? That will cost a pretty penny too. The question here is not what the PM's trips cost.

5)  ... the UK based site that carries them so you'll have to pay a pretty penny for shipping.

6)  ... there are plenty of online resources that can save new parents a pretty penny.

7)  In the case of Apple, whose premium devices already cost a pretty penny, higher prices could drive some consumers to think twice about buying a new iPhone.

8)  ... and pros who know a thing or two about programming can make a pretty penny for their skills.

9)  ... stronger, warmer and more durable than other wools, but it costs a pretty penny.

10)  ... to buy the medicines they need from other countries and save a pretty penny in the process, ...

11)  We pay a pretty penny for our Apple devices, so we want to see them last for a while.

12)  ... few days, chances are you're going to have to fork out a pretty penny for a place to put your head down at night.

13)  ... that the actors who give life to Game of Thrones get paid a pretty penny.

14)  ... to a successful friend who had recently sold his grated cheese business for a pretty penny, he was asked what he was doing now.

15)  Though he could have undoubtedly netted a pretty penny selling it, happily for the general public, Winter has donated an extensive collection ...

16)  A public plebiscite on the subject of marriage equality would cost the government a pretty penny.

17)  The few who can afford the high-end stuff are paying a pretty penny too, but they don't care.

18)  You can expect those 128GB and 256GB options are going to cost a pretty penny, and it's not immediately clear how much.

19)  It's going to cost me a pretty penny the way things are with health insurance.

20)  They may not be permanent signings but these two will cost a pretty penny in wages for their season-long loans.