king's ransom
noun Date: circa 1590 a very large sum of money

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • king's ransom — If something costs or is worth a king s ransom, it costs or is worth a lot of money …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • king's ransom — {n. phr.} 1. An excessively large sum of money extorted by kidnappers to let someone go free. * /The Smith family had to pay a kings ransom for the freedom of their seven year old son, Tommy./ 2. An exorbitant fee one is forced to pay. * /The… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • king's ransom — {n. phr.} 1. An excessively large sum of money extorted by kidnappers to let someone go free. * /The Smith family had to pay a kings ransom for the freedom of their seven year old son, Tommy./ 2. An exorbitant fee one is forced to pay. * /The… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • King's Ransom — Infobox Film name = King s Ransom image size = 200px caption= The movie poster for King s Ransom director = Jeffrey W. Byrd producer = Darryl Taja David Brewington Jeremy Barber Luke Ryan Matt Moore Mike Drake Toby Emmerich writer = Wayne Conley… …   Wikipedia

  • king's ransom — noun a very large treasure • Hypernyms: ↑treasure, ↑hoarded wealth * * * noun : a very large sum of money a rare book sometimes sells for a king s ransom R.D.Altick * * * an extremely large amount of money: The painting was sold for a king s… …   Useful english dictionary

  • king's\ ransom — n. phr. 1. An excessively large sum of money extorted by kidnappers to let someone go free. The Smith family had to pay a kings ransom for the freedom of their seven year old son, Tommy. 2. An exorbitant fee one is forced to pay. The realtors… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • king's ransom — an extremely large amount of money: The painting was sold for a king s ransom. * * * …   Universalium

  • king's ransom — king s′ ran′som n. an extremely large amount of money …   From formal English to slang

  • king's ransom — noun A large sum of money. Syn: fortune …   Wiktionary

  • King's ransom — large amount of money …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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