cost a pretty penny


cost a pretty penny
• to cost a pretty penny
• to spend a pretty penny
to cost (spend) a large amount of money

It cost him a pretty penny, that spree. (K. Prichard)

They were genuine cowhide and all that crop and they cost quite a pretty penny. (J. Salinger)

He didn't know - he expected she was spending a pretty penny on dress. (J. Galsworthy)

It cost me a pretty penny too, I can tell you. (K. Porter)


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  • cost a pretty penny — old fashioned phrase to cost a lot of money Thesaurus: to cost a lot of moneysynonym Main entry: pretty …   Useful english dictionary

  • cost a pretty penny — cost a lot of money, had a high price    Elvis bought a new pink Cadillac. I bet that cost a pretty penny …   English idioms

  • cost a pretty penny —    If something costs a pretty penny, it costs a lot of money.     Steve s new car must have cost a pretty penny! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • 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

  • cost a pretty penny — verb To be expensive. It costs a pretty penny See Also: pretty penny …   Wiktionary

  • cost a pretty penny — old fashioned to cost a lot of money …   English dictionary

  • cost a pretty penny — was quite expensive …   English contemporary dictionary

  • it cost a pretty penny — it was quite expensive, it cost quite a lot …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pretty penny — See cost a pretty penny …   English idioms

  • cost someone 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