The idiom ‘costs an arm and a leg' is used when something is extremely expensive. This video explains the meaning of the idiom 'costs an arm and a leg' in English. We explain how to use it with some easy examples for Social and Business English.
This idiom is heard when someone is referring to something that is overly priced or considered very expensive. People might be proud of something that cost them a lot of money, and will tell you that it cost them an arm and a leg. This idiom is commonly heard in both social and professional situations.
I really want to go on a holiday, but it’ll cost me an arm and a leg.
The accident he was involved in has cost him an arm and a leg. The insurance company wouldn’t pay out!