Learn English Idioms: To cost an arm and a leg

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Happy #idiomtuesday, Beautiful Minds!

Do you have any plans for Christmas? yet? Well, I would like to go to a tropical ?resort, but the tickets would cost me an arm and a leg!

Don’t worry I will not be paying by my limbs:) When you say that something would cost you an arm and a leg, it means that something is very ? expensive, very pricy.

Well, maybe I will go on fancy tropical resort vacation next year and this year I will do something else that would not cost me an arm and a leg and would still be fun. For example, I can stay home, wear my Christmas pajama all day long and make Christmas cookies?. Making Christmas cookies is always a good idea!

“It cost me an arm and a leg” is one of those phrases that rank high in the “I know where that come from” stories told at the local pub?.
In this case the tail is that portrait painters used to charge more for larger paintings and that a head and shoulders paintings was the cheapest option. So if you wanted to have a portait with “legs and all” It costed you a fortune.
Lol! Thanks God my iphone does not charge me more for full-length mirror selfies.


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