give (one's) right arm

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give (one's) right arm

A figurative phrase that highlights one's interest in having something or eagerness to do something. A: "I'm going to the concert on Saturday!" B: "Aw man, I would give my right arm to have tickets to that!" I would give my right arm for your sister's gorgeous hair!
See also: arm, give, right
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give one's right arm (for someone or something)

 and give one's eyeteeth (for someone or something)
Fig. to be willing to give something of great value for someone or something. I'd give my right arm for a nice cool drink. I'd give my eyeteeth to be there.
See also: arm, give, right
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

give your right arm

If you say that you would give your right arm for something or to do something, you mean that you want it very much. There are not many jobs I would give my right arm for. I can do nothing but think about my ex-husband. I would give my right arm to be able to start again. Note: Most people are right-handed, and so consider their right arm to be more important than their left.
See also: arm, give, right
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

would give your right arm for

be willing to pay a high price for; greatly desire to have or do. informal
See also: arm, for, give, right
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

would ˌgive your right ˈarm for something/to do something

(informal) want something very much: I’d give my right arm to own a horse like that.
See also: arm, for, give, right, something, to
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give one's right arm, to

To go to any lengths. Also put as cut off one’s right arm for, this term expresses a major sacrifice for all but the left-handed, perhaps even more so than to give one’s eyeteeth. An Americanism from the twentieth century, it presumably was well known by the time Robert G. Dean used it in Layoff (1942): “He’d cut off his right arm for her, as the saying goes.”
See also: give, right, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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