Cost an arm and a leg (idiom)
- to be extremely expensive
- ‘Arm’ and ‘leg’ are used as examples of items that no one would consider selling other than at an enormous price. It is a grim reality that, around that time, there were many US newspaper reports of servicemen who had lost an arm and a leg in the recent war. It is possible that the phrase originated in reference to the high cost paid by those who suffered such amputations.
‘Cost an arm and leg’ sentences from Newspaper
- The true cost of an arm and a leg
- Fat-finger cash fiascos can cost an arm and a leg
- The Thumb That Can Cost an Arm and a Leg
- Buying a brand new car is going to cost us an arm and a leg… maybe we should save money by riding a bike or taking the bus to work.
- We now are presented with reliable demographic analysis that living in Indiana does not cost you an arm and a leg.
What does “cost an arm and a leg” mean?