an arm and a leg

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - an arm and a leg

"an arm and a leg"

a lot of money;

an excessively high price


Related words and phrases:

Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - an arm and a leg

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I heard that the company is facing a class-action law suit over defective products that caused thousands of consumers health problems.

Colleague 2:  Terrible really. Do you suppose the company will settle out-of-court?

Colleague 1:  Either way, it is going to cost the company an arm and a leg to take care of this issue.

Colleague 2:  How much, do you think?

Colleague 1:  Could be as much as two-hundred million dollars.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - an arm and a leg

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Wow! That sure is a nice new gaming system you bought. It must have cost you an arm and a leg.

Friend 2:  Actually, you'd be surprised to learn that I picked it up for a very reasonable price. I waited until there was a good sale and managed to pay only half the usual price.

an arm and a leg - Usage:


Usage Frequency Index:   674   click for frequency by country

an arm and a leg - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for an arm and a leg.

an arm and a leg - Examples:

1)  Trouble is it costs an arm and a leg -- out of the reach of many a pensioner not to mention ...

2)  ... we can fly to Paris for less than €100: it would cost an arm and a leg to make that trip from home.

3)  These are top players and will cost an arm and a leg.

4)  If travel didn't cost an arm and a leg, you'd never see her in one place ever.

5)  Best of all -- it's not going to cost an arm and a leg, either. There's no frippery, and no styling ...

6)  Despite the national government spending an arm and a leg on footbridges, pedestrians still disregard them, and prefer to dash across streets.

7)  to train them free of charge. Because beauty training can cost an arm and a leg, with such an opportunity, we believe there are no excuses ...

8)  ... he enrolled at the Kenya Aeronautical College. The school fees cost his parents an arm and a leg.

9)  Custom wedding dresses can cost an arm and a leg. Why not upcycle a vintage gown into something entirely your own ...

10)  ... pick up second-hand textbooks, knowing full well that tuition was already costing me an arm and a leg, an indebtedness that took years to wipe out.

11)  Labor will cost you an arm and a leg in the US. 

12)  ... on how one cruise ship trip would cost an arm and a leg for ordinary folks like us. 

13)  It'll cost an arm and a leg to get there so we are looking for sponsorship.

14)  ... it is going to cost an arm and a leg to replace it, a huge amount of money. 

15)  Law firms would have charged an arm and a leg!

16)  ... you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to get a good quality ball.

17)  ... as it costs an arm and a leg by the time a patient comes out of a private hospital.

18)  Those were the days when young folk were not distracted by fancy smartphones costing an arm and a leg

19)  ... most desired fitness tracker features available in a solid device that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

20)  Financial advice doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg