at a premium


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at a premium

at a high price; priced high because of something special. Sally bought the shoes at a premium because they were of very high quality. This new sports car sells at a premium because so many people want to buy it.
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at a premium

1. not easy to get During the negotiations, sleep was at a premium.
Usage notes: usually said about something that is highly valued because it is hard to get
2. for a higher price It's possible to get a large apartment, but only at a premium.
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at a premium

At a higher price than usual owing to scarcity; also, considered more valuable, held in high esteem. For example, Since that article came out, the firm's stock has been selling at a premium and Space is at a premium in most stores. This idiom uses premium in the sense of "bounty" or "bonus." [Mid-1800s] Also see put a premium on.
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at a premium

More valuable than usual, as from scarcity: Fresh water was at a premium after the reservoir was contaminated.
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