a small fortune

small fortune

A large amount of money. I had to spend a small fortune to get my car repaired after the transmission started slipping.
See also: fortune, small

a small fortune

COMMON A small fortune is a very large amount of money. For almost two years, Hawkins made a small fortune running a drugstore. Sharon didn't know much about antiques, but the lamps alone were probably worth a small fortune.
See also: fortune, small
References in classic literature ?
I had inherited from them a small fortune, which I worked hard night and day to increase, till at last I found myself the owner of eighty camels.
You can't get a table at Reigelheimer's, which is my pitch, unless you tip the head waiter a small fortune and promise to mail him your clothes when you get home.
I understand that wealthy folk have tried to buy the lot time and again -- it's really worth a small fortune now, you know -- but `Patty' won't sell upon any consideration.
It is still surrounded with difficulties for women, and it takes many years and a small fortune to qualify.
From the size of the purse and its bulging proportions Captain Jacot concluded that it must contain a small fortune.
To the eye of Bishopriggs, she was a miracle of beauty, with a small fortune for a poor man carried about her in silk, lace, and jewelry.