English version

cost/pay/charge the earth

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcost/pay/charge the earthcost/pay/charge the earthinformalEXPENSIVE to cost etc a very large amount of money It must have cost the earth! earth
Examples from the Corpus
cost/pay/charge the earthBut ... but it must cost the earth.In Coventry Sir William Lyons produced wonderful engineering and style-but he didn't believe his cars should cost the earth.This is a flexible, well-designed machine which produces quality prints and doesn't cost the earth to print them.A well planned, well made kitchen that doesn't cost the earth.It is possible to pay the earth for beauty products.He would miss seeing Harry and, besides, a weekend at some hotel would cost the earth.It would cost the earth, but it had to be safer than Nigel's Aston Martin.
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