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Pay Through the Nose - Idiom

Video Overview

The idiom 'pay through the nose' is used to express that you had to pay more for something than it is worth, or more than what you consider reasonable. This video explains the meaning and use of the idiom 'pay through the nose' in English. We explain how to use it with some easy examples to help you learn this idiom so you can use it in spoken and Business English.

Video Analysis

This idiom is used to express that you had to pay more for something than it is worth, or more than what you consider to be reasonable. Usually, you would only 'pay through the nose' for something if you were desperate or left with no other choice, which further emphasizes the element of unfairness associated with the term. As the video shows, it is a common expression, and can be used in both a social and professional context. Phrases with a similar meaning include 'pay over the odds', and 'cost an arm and a leg'.


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