pay through the nose


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pay through the nose (for something)

To pay an exorbitant amount of money (for something), especially more than is reasonable. You can get pretty good meals on airplanes these days, but you're going to pay through the nose. Universities are actually free for citizens in this country, but because I immigrated here I have to pay through the nose for my degree.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pay through the nose

(for something) Go to pay an arm and a leg (for something).
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

pay through the nose

Pay an excessive amount for something, as in We paid through the nose for that vacation. The origin of this term has been lost. Possibly it alludes to the Danish nose tax, imposed in Ireland in the 9th century, whereby delinquent taxpayers were punished by having their noses slit. [Second half of 1600s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

pay through the nose

INFORMAL
If you pay through the nose for something, you pay more for it than is fair or reasonable. Some restaurant owners have even noticed that we do not like paying through the nose for our wines when eating out. It looks as though those taking out new insurance policies on their houses will be paying through the nose.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

pay through the nose

pay much more than a fair price. informal
1998 Country Life We pay a lot of money for a fairly ordinary garment in order to advertise a name that is only well-known because we pay through the nose for the huge advertising budget.
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pay through the ˈnose (for something)

(informal) pay a very high price for something: Why pay through the nose for a used car? Come to Smith’s for prices you can afford!
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

pay through the nose

Informal
To pay excessively.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

pay through the nose, to

To be charged an enormous price. The origin of this expression has been lost. One writer suggests it may come from the Danish nose tax, imposed in Ireland in the ninth century and so called because delinquent taxpayers were punished by having their noses slit. Another believes it may be connected with the old British slang word rhino, for money or cash. In any event, the term has been used for exorbitant payments since the seventeenth century.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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