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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.
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Why, they even pay the earth for jeans with more holes in them than a colander" Sir Bernard Ingham.
"Consumers were looking for good technology but didn't want to pay the Earth," Matthew said.
"It doesn't have to be a really expensive thing although there are some beautiful wreaths you can pay the earth for.
If somebody really wants it they will pay the earth, but if they don't it will probably make in the region of the estimate, and that's still a lot of money."
NEED a firming day cream but don't want to pay the earth? Try Superdrug's Optimum Firm and Lift cream SPF 15.
People pay the earth to go to concerts to listen to top artists like Bryn Terfel and Katherine Jenkins.
In situations like those described above, I'm sure there are some of us who would happily pay the earth.
YOU can pay the earth for accommodation in and around Nice if you have the money, but you certainly don't have to.
With its affordable price tag and cutting-edge styling, it also proves you do not have to pay the Earth to be trendy.
The company's first small roadster to be made in Europe, it is roundly aimed at the 20somethings who love pop music and art, who want a car which is also a fashion statement and do not want to pay the earth for the privilege of flaunting their personality.
It is possible to have an out-of-this-world holiday on the islands but not have to pay the Earth. The places we stayed were pleasant and prices started from pounds 725 a week per person.
The current range includes some two-wheel-drive versions but the all-weather abilities of the four-wheel drive are what you can truly depend on without having to pay the earth.
It might not be everybody's cup of tea yet if you want to see players come on a bit and don't want to pay the earth, what choice have you got?
Antonella Bettley, Peacocks' head womenswear buyer, said: "There is no need to pay the earth for fabulous design.
It will also be available at Antonella Bettley, Peacocks' head womenswear buyer, said: "There is no need to pay the earth for fabulous design.