pay through the nose


1. spend an excessive amount on something






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I don't want to pay through the nose for a new phone

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This idiom is used to express that you had to pay more for something than it is worth, or more than what you consider being 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 idea of unfairness that associated with the term. This expression 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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  1. I had to buy my plane ticket at the last minute, so of course ended up having to pay through the nose for it.
  2. I'm not paying through the nose for a new phone. If I see one that's good value I'll buy it, otherwise I will just stick with my old one for now.

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  1. They were so desperate to buy our stock that they paid through the nose for it! We made a very tidy profit.
  2. Companies are no longer prepared to pay through the nose for sub-standard software.

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