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a price on (one's) head
An amount of money being offered as a reward for one's capture, or, in some cases, killing. I'm sorry, but we can't travel with your brother any longer. The sheriff has put a price on his head and it's too dangerous for the rest of us! I'll never be able to live peacefully in this town as long as I have a price on my head.
*a price on one's head
a reward for one's capture. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; put ~; place ~.) We captured a thief who had a price on his head, and the sheriff gave us the reward. The crook was so mean, he turned in his own brother, who had a price on his head.
price on one's head
A reward for capturing or killing someone, usually someone guilty of a crime. For example, He was a serial killer, and they put a price on his head. The head in this term presumably alludes to the older punishment of beheading. [Mid-1700s]
a price on someone's head
If there is a price on someone's head, someone has offered money if they are caught or killed. He had twice fled the area with a price on his head.