cost/pay/charge the earth

cost the earth

To be exorbitantly expensive. A: "Your new car looks pretty slick!" B: "I should hope so, it cost the earth!" The company is making cutting-edge smartphones that don't cost the earth for consumers.
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cost (or charge or pay) the earth

cost (or charge or pay) a large amount of money. British informal
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cost/pay/charge the ˈearth

(British English, informal) cost/pay/charge a lot of money: It needn’t cost the earth to refurbish your offices.
See also: charge, cost, earth, pay