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king's ransom

an extremely large amount of money:
The painting was sold for a king's ransom. Unabridged
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king's ransom

A huge sum of money, as in That handmade rug must have cost a king's ransom. This metaphoric expression originally referred to the sum required to release a king from captivity. [ Late 1400s ]
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