a king's ransom

a king's ransom

a large amount of money A visit to one of those amusement parks can cost a king's ransom.
Usage notes: often used with worth or cost, as in the example
See also: ransom

a king's ransom

a very large amount of money (not used with the ) She was wearing a diamond necklace which must have been worth a king's ransom.
See also: ransom
References in classic literature ?
a king's ransom, unless the ground be perfumed, and covered with
There are a lot of desperate people out there who believe Michael's corpse would bring a king's ransom.
com spokesman said: "It is difficult to pinpoint the value of such a significant document but we are sure it will go for a king's ransom.
The ancient Egyptians believed King Tut was a god who would live forever, so they buried him with a king's ransom.
But you don't have to invest a king's ransom in technology to see a benefit, says Michael Dziak, president of InteleWorks Inc.
And while life is depicted as cheap and desperately hardscrabble, it's not too tough: A future episode centers on a wispy blonde who can spirit away a king's ransom worth of precious gasoline and a hardy sailing vessel (and choose Jeremiah worthy of her final erotic tryst with mankind).
But these authors show how an Internet following can help techsavvy self-publishers net a king's ransom and generate e-book success.
TINY highwayman Robert Rees has vowed to give up his stand-and-deliver lifestyle for a king's ransom in sweets.
Roy Hodgson admitted Blackburn had paid a king's ransom for Dailly and revealed that the move had been put on hold because Blackburn had faced Derby on the opening day of the season.
The jade-green bronze roof rises 69-feet into the air and the interior of the theatre is decorated with a king's ransom in exotic art from China.
5million to bring Christian Dailly from Derby County to Blackburn Rovers and admitted: "We paid a king's ransom.
Have you paid a king's ransom to get newspaper clippings from market research firms?
Edney earned $400,000 before taxes in 1998, a king's ransom by most people's standards but far less than the league average of $2.
Mel Gibson collected a king's ransom to play self-made millionaire Tom Mullen.