a pretty penny

a pretty penny

A large amount of money. A fancy car like that costs a pretty penny, so I definitely can't afford it! Wow, Alex must have paid a pretty penny for a house in a gated community.
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pretty penny, a

A considerable sum of money, as in That fur coat must have cost a pretty penny. [Early 1700s]
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a pretty penny

INFORMAL
A pretty penny is a large amount of money. By the time it is ready for drinking, the value of the wine will have risen sufficiently to earn the investor a pretty penny. Buying a home can cost a pretty penny.
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a pretty penny

a large sum of money. informal
1989 Russell Banks Affliction You can probably get a pretty penny for that place in a year or two.
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a pretty ˈpenny

(old-fashioned) a lot of money: Have you seen the neighbour’s new car? That must have cost a pretty penny.
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pretty penny

n. a sizable amount of money. This watch cost me a pretty penny, and I intend to take care of it.
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pretty penny

A considerable sum of money: I paid a pretty penny for that ring.
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But with so many customers, BT must make a pretty penny from this rounding-up policy - and I believe it should be challenged.
A pretty penny that can be spent on Liverpool children.
As well as helping to save the planet we want to help people save a Pretty Penny too."
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