give your right arm

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 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
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You'd give your right arm to be playing in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden and looking to reach a major final.
Fifteen years ago, you'd give your right arm to own a Chevy franchise, and right now they are walking away from them.
You work hard and you get yourself into a position like this, meaning the playoffs, and you'd almost give your right arm for it.
The campaign planned to feature billboards with the message: "Would You Give Your Right Arm to Know Why Sharks Attack, Could it be Revenge?