Cost an Arm and a Leg

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Something very expensive and not worth the cost in few cases

Etymology:

  • It is a very popular American expression of the 20th century. This expression became popular after items of daily use became expensive. But this term is more common for items of luxury. It is also argued that this term was used in ancient Europe, where people were given the severe punishment of cutting an arm and a leg. It was considered to deprive a person of his valuable limbs. This act was later given the form of this expression. Though the practice is not followed anymore but the idiom is used in different and meaningful context.
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The new pair of stilettos caused her an arm and a leg, but she really wanted them from a long time.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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बहुत महंगा है

թև ու ոտք կարժենա

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