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

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

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

would give your right arm for

be willing to pay a high price for; greatly desire to have or do. informal
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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, give, right, something
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You sound as if you have a wonderful marriage and a lovely family life, which lots of people would give their right arm for.
People sitting here would give their right arm to be out on the pitch so you give everything you have, you work hard and that's the basis for every bit of success we've had with Northern Ireland.
Recorder James Brown told the 25-year-old: "It is a tragedy in your case that, despite having a significant and God-given talent, one which many in the North East of England would give their right arm for, you don't use that.
I wager those citizens in the many countries where all this trouble and bloodshed is brewing would give their right arm to have our monarchy.
THERE are millions of women who would give their right arm to swap places with actress Lesley Sharp.
IT'S THE number plate most West Bromwich Albion fans would give their right arm for.
However, few stop to think about her family who have to stand by and watch while their beloved destroys herself and wastes a talent anyone in the right mind would give their right arm to have.
Many businesses would give their right arm for that kind of support and of course Anglesey Aluminium and its parent companies have benefited from decades of loyal work on the island.
I think we have guys there who would give their right arm to get that shirt on.
Who would not give their right arm to have a go at filling John Travolta's shoes?
Some teams would give their right arm for the facilities they have there.
Most young boys would give their right arm to be footballers when they grow up, but there is a downside, even if it is simply to earn a fine living, doing what you love, somewhere on the globe.
A lot of towns would give their right arm for the heritage of the circus.
Collectors of celebrity artifacts would give their right arm for some of the documents and objects stored on its shelves.
MOST men would give their right arm to film a sex scene with Cameron Diaz - seen here getting into frisky positions on The Tonight T Show with Jimmy Fallon.