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a small fortune

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englisha small fortunea small fortunea large amount of moneycost/spend/pay a small fortune It must have cost him a small fortune. small
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cost/spend/pay a small fortuneBut if upgrading of all the wards were to be embarked upon it was evident that it would cost a small fortune.That hadn't cost a couple of pounds - it can cost a small fortune.These consultations, which would normally cost a small fortune, are free.Chances are that such a trip would cost a small fortune, because it does not include a Saturday stay.What were they all doing there, paying a small fortune for their showy booths to catch the politicians' eyes?Today a chest like this costs a small fortune if you can find one.And these are men who have paid a small fortune to meet some one!
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