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small fortune

A large amount of money. I had to spend a small fortune to get my car repaired after the transmission started slipping.
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small fortune

a rather sizeable amount of money. This set of wheels cost me a small fortune. I've got a small fortune tied up in test equipment.
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a small fortune

COMMON A small fortune is a very large amount of money. For almost two years, Hawkins made a small fortune running a drugstore. Sharon didn't know much about antiques, but the lamps alone were probably worth a small fortune.
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a small fortune

a large amount of money. informal
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a ˌsmall ˈfortune

(informal) a lot of money: This house cost hardly anything when we bought it, but now it’s worth a small fortune.
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Now is the time to repay me, and the tens of thousands of Welsh rugby supporters who have spent a small fortune over the years waiting to see the silver fern defeated by a Welsh team
A NATIONAL newspaper has announced that this government is to offer 1,000 places at top boarding schools to children from a poor/troubled background where help from all other agencies costing the taxpayers a small fortune has failed.
I recall a certain Hogmanay show a few years ago when the good people of Scotland would have paid me a small fortune to wear one too.
I know it's still a small fortune, but at least I've managed to shave a grand off your previous quotes.
THE City Council has probably spent a small fortune in creating stone paving throughout the city centre.
We have never had a 100-1 contestant voted off before and have consequently made a small fortune," said Hills spokesman Rupert Adams.
CAR makers still charge a small fortune for in-built sat-navs - which is a good reason to consider the new Nokia N96 mobile.
A Berlin student who bought a second-hand sofa bed at a flee market learned she had been sitting on a small fortune when she found a 17th Century baroque painting hidden inside.
Anderson also had a knack for real estate, amassing a small fortune through the purchase and sales of apartments, relatives said.
The private schools also demand an upfront entry or "capitation" fee equivalent to about $3,000 to $4,000--a small fortune for middle-class families.
We spend a small fortune on international patents, trying to slow down the companies in the Pacific that are making copies of our products.
At the last count there were 360 vacancies for qualified nurses and midwives, a situation that is costing the tax-payer a small fortune with the posts filled with expensive agency staff.
For those qualified as driller helpers or full-fledged drillers (runners), the opportunity to travel the world while making a small fortune in a few short months is a big incentive.
Branson paid about $222,500 for the island in the 1970s, and today the property and the pristine nature-laden island on which it sits are worth a small fortune Branson uses the island for family getaways and for get-togethers with friends like Mick Jagger, but the rest of the year it's yours for the asking--and $38,000 a day.
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