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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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place something at a premium

to force up the value of something so that its price is higher. The rapid changes in the market placed all the medical stocks at a premium. The goods had been placed at a premium by the changing market conditions.
See also: place, premium

put a premium on something

to make something harder or more expensive to obtain or do. The recent action of the bank directors put a premium on new home loans. The scarcity of steel put a premium on the cost of new cars.
See also: on, premium, put

put something at a premium

to make something available only at an extra cost or through extra effort. The scarcity of fresh vegetables at this time of year puts broccoli at a premium. The high demand for apples puts them at a premium.
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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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put a premium on something

also place a premium on something
to consider something important or valuable Busy shoppers put a premium on finding everything they need in one big store.
See also: on, premium, put

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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put a premium on

Value more highly than usual, as in Her employer put a premium on honesty and hard work. First recorded in 1907, this term is almost always used figuratively.
See also: on, premium, put

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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