Pay Through the Nose

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To pay high price for something

Etymology:

  • This phrase originated in the 17th century. It is noticing that for money, there was a slang word called “Rhino” which actually was believed to be a Greek word which meant nose. Since these two words had similar sounds and their meanings were joined to make this expression. In 9th, it might have come from Danish origin where authorities charged Irish people heavily who failed to give their poll taxes. The phrase might have originated from gambling in which a player was deceived to lose all his money.
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Although this is a very famous food spot, but you will have to pay through the nose.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Pay Through the Nose':

pay through the noseTo pay a high price, especially an exorbitant or excessive amount, either in money or in some other manner.
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