give (one's) right arm

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give (one's) right arm

A figurative phrase that highlights one's interest in having something or eagerness to do something. A: "I'm going to the concert on Saturday!" B: "Aw man, I would give my right arm to have tickets to that!" I would give my right arm for your sister's gorgeous hair!
See also: arm, give, right

give one's right arm (for someone or something)

 and give one's eyeteeth (for someone or something)
Fig. to be willing to give something of great value for someone or something. I'd give my right arm for a nice cool drink. I'd give my eyeteeth to be there.
See also: arm, give, right

give your right arm

If you say that you would give your right arm for something or to do something, you mean that you want it very much. There are not many jobs I would give my right arm for. I can do nothing but think about my ex-husband. I would give my right arm to be able to start again. Note: Most people are right-handed, and so consider their right arm to be more important than their left.
See also: arm, give, right

would give your right arm for

be willing to pay a high price for; greatly desire to have or do. informal
See also: arm, give, right

would ˌgive your right ˈarm for something/to do something

(informal) want something very much: I’d give my right arm to own a horse like that.
See also: arm, give, right, something
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FALKIRK'S Peter Grant last night went out on a limb by claiming his team have the beating of anyone - and insisted he'd give his right arm to play at Hampden.
The source said that the 'Basic Instincts' star would give his right arm for a reconciliation but Jones has warned him that she is not ready to commit and still has not ruled out divorce.
I bet Mark Hughes would give his right arm for a natural-born scorer who has clawed his way through the leagues rather than the big shots.
Any headteacher would give his right arm for pupils such as those on leaving Middle School - although I don't expect Mr McNally to go that far
He's 64, English down to his St George Y-fronts, and he'd literally give his right arm to finish his career winning a trophy for his country, and going down as the new Sir Alf.
My cellmate Lennie Godber would give his right arm to see a black mass in the nick with a juicy virgin sacrifice and all that.
Beethoven wrote both his Fifth and Sixth Symphonies in 1808 and premiered them together at a concert that any music lover today would give his right arm to have attended.
Letwin, you will remember, said he would rather "go on the streets and beg" and give his right arm rather than send his children to an inner London comprehensive.
Kenwright would give his right arm to get Moyes the player he wants but unfortunately right arms don't buy players.
Actually," came the reply, "he said he'd give his right arm for a door.
Having watched Secuestro Express, I now know they make gangster films that Guy Ritchie would give his right arm to produce.
I can't think of any Welshman who would not give his right arm to play in a game like this, so why be nervous?
Rhydian says he'd give his right arm to be in The X Factor final.
Any coach would give his right arm to have England internationals like Butt, Scholes and Sheringham on the bench.