to the tune of


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to the tune of

some amount of money Fig. to a certain amount of money. My checking account is overdrawn to the tune of $340. My wallet was stolen, and I'm out to the tune of $70.
See also: of, tune

to the tune of something

in the approximate amount mentioned We're in debt to the tune of $50,000.
Usage notes: usually used with amounts of money, as in the example.
See also: of, tune

to the tune of

To the sum or extent of, as in They had profits to the tune of about $20 million. This idiom transfers tune, a succession of musical tones, to a succession of figures. [First half of 1700s]
See also: of, tune

to the tune of

To the sum or extent of: produced profits to the tune of $10 million.
See also: of, tune