cost someone a pretty penny

cost someone a pretty penny
cost (someone) a pretty penny to be very expensive.

That diamond ring must have cost him a pretty penny.


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  • cost a pretty penny — cost (someone) a pretty penny to be very expensive. That diamond ring must have cost him a pretty penny …   New idioms dictionary

  • penny — pennied, adj. /pen ee/, n., pl. pennies, (esp. collectively for 2, 3) pence, adj. n. 1. a bronze coin, the 100th part of the dollars of various nations, as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States; one cent. 2. Also called new penny …   Universalium

  • penny — pen|ny S1 [ˈpeni] n [: Old English; Origin: penning, penig] 1.) a) plural pence abbreviation p a small unit of money in Britain. There are 100 pence in one pound ▪ The bus fare is 80 pence. ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cost — cost1 W1S1 [kɔst US ko:st] n 1.) the amount of money that you have to pay in order to buy, do, or produce something cost of ▪ the cost of accommodation ▪ I offered to pay the cost of the taxi. ▪ Insurance to cover the cost of a funeral is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pretty — pret|ty1 [ prıti ] adverb MAINLY SPOKEN *** 1. ) fairly: My TV s getting pretty old now. Todd looks pretty tired. 2. ) very: The weather is pretty awful, isn t it? pretty good: I can see they ve done a pretty good job of it. pretty much/well/near …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cost — 1 noun 1 MONEY PAID (C) the amount of money that you have to pay in order to buy, do, or produce something: I ll give you $15 to cover the cost of the gas. | at a cost of: The new building s going up at a cost of $82 million. | high/low cost: a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pretty — pret|ty1 W3S2 [ˈprıti] adv [+ adjective/adverb] spoken 1.) fairly or more than a little ▪ I m pretty sure he ll say yes. ▪ She still looks pretty miserable. see usage note ↑rather 2.) very ▪ Dinner at Luigi s sounds pretty good to me …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pretty — I UK [ˈprɪtɪ] / US adverb Word forms pretty : comparative prettier superlative prettiest mainly spoken *** 1) fairly My TV s getting pretty old now. Tom looks pretty tired. 2) very The weather s been pretty awful, hasn t it? pretty good: I can… …   English dictionary

  • penn'orth — noun (singular + of) BrE old fashioned a pennyworth penny noun plural pennies or pence /pens/ BrE (C) 1 a small bronze coin, used in Britain since 1971, worth one hundredth (1/100th) of a pound: a bag of pennies 2 plural pence abbreviation p a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • American Beauty (film) — American Beauty Theatrical release poster Directed by Sam Mendes …   Wikipedia

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