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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I would give my right arm, my left arm, maybe both legs for food.
Model Kate Moss "I would give my right arm, my left arm, maybe both legs for food" Broadcaster Michael Buerk complaining in I'm A Celebrity .
I'd also give my right arm to sing on the soundtrack for Merlin, I'm a huge fan
At this moment in time I'd give my right arm to be a TD.
I would never do this to any of our players who wear my colours; I would give my right arm to play for Coventry City FC.
I'd give my right arm to be involved but, like everyone else, I'll settle for seeing Everton back in a major final.
Manager David Rowe said: "I would give my right arm to get three points there this time, because of our plight.
I'd give my right arm just to win a monthly medal at Baildon
He's one of the few directors I'd give my right arm to work for.
In Lambeth, where I live, I would give my right arm to send them to a fee-paying school.
Confidentially, I'd give my right arm to become TV's next "American Idol.
I would give my right arm if I could find somebody to sing all my songs for me, I really would.
WORCESTER wicketkeeper Steve Rhodes hit his first century for two years on Thursday, then revealed: "I'd give my right arm to play for England again".
Now this is one party that I'd happily give my right arm, left arm and both legs to get on the guest list: Richard Branson's New Year's Eve party on Necker Island.
When what she meant was: "I'd give my right arm and all of my internal organs to be sitting next to the Queen on Christmas Day - only I haven't been asked.