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Cost (Someone) an Arm and a Leg

When something costs (someone) an arm and a leg, it costs a very large amount of money. For example:

Azhar’s Swedish stamp collection
cost him an arm and a leg.
The
most expensive car in the world is the Bugatti Veyron. It costs an arm and a leg.
Their new house
cost them an arm and a leg.

Obviously, an arm and a leg is a high price to pay for something and, thus, the definition of the English idiom
to cost (someone) an arm and a leg makes sense.

You can also:
- save an arm and a leg (= to save a lot of money)
- pay an arm and a leg ( = pay a lot of money)
- be charged an arm and a leg (= a company demands too money for a service or product)

The following commercial tells students how they can
save an arm or a leg on textbooks:




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