an extremely large amount of money: The painting was sold for a king's ransom.
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- king's men,
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- king's regulations,
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A huge sum of money, as in That handmade rug must have cost a king's ransom. This metaphoric expression originally referred to the sum required to release a king from captivity. [Late 1400s]
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