king's ransom


noun

an extremely large amount of money: The painting was sold for a king's ransom.

Nearby words

  1. king's mark,
  2. king's men,
  3. king's pattern,
  4. king's peace,
  5. king's proctor,
  6. king's regulations,
  7. king's remembrancer,
  8. king's scout,
  9. king's shilling,
  10. king's speech

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Idioms and Phrases with king's ransom

king's ransom

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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