a king's ransom

king's ransom

A very large sum of money. I've always wanted to vacation in Hawaii, but the plane tickets cost a king's ransom.
See also: ransom

a king's ransom

mainly BRITISH
A king's ransom is an extremely large sum of money. She was paid a king's ransom for a five-minute appearance in the film. With so few skilled electricians available, these people can charge a king's ransom for their services.
See also: ransom

a king's ransom

a huge amount of money; a fortune.
In feudal times prisoners of war were freed for sums in keeping with their rank, so a king, as the highest-ranking individual, commanded the greatest ransom.
See also: ransom

a ˌking’s ˈransom

(literary) a very large amount of money: We don’t exactly get paid a king’s ransom in this job.In the past, if a king was captured in a war, his country would pay a ransom for his release.
See also: ransom
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"With every club there's coming and goings, if someone offers a king's ransom I suppose everyone is up for grabs.
To cap it all, many TV hosts are paid a king's ransom and don't deserve it.
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But it's a king's ransom to sad-sack Democrats who seem likely to be hit very hard by the new campaign finance laws which go into effect during the next election cycle.
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But these authors show how an Internet following can help techsavvy self-publishers net a king's ransom and generate e-book success.
Roy Hodgson admitted Blackburn had paid a king's ransom for Dailly and revealed that the move had been put on hold because Blackburn had faced Derby on the opening day of the season.
Romania have demanded a king's ransom to let high jumper Galina Astafei represent Germany in Atlanta.
A year on, Curbishley is being courted by Rangers and Warnock is reported to have been offered a king's ransom to rescue Portsmouth.
But Barnsley would have paid a king's ransom to have had Liddell yesterday.