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top dollar

noun, Informal.
1.
the maximum amount being or likely to be paid:
to pay top dollar for the jewelry.
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  • While they don't always get top dollar, they get started on a successful journey.
  • The output of covering your entire car in top dollar space-grade solar cells doesn't come close to cutting it.
  • No one will pay top dollar for a company which isn't growing.
  • The owner of a champion bull can charge top dollar for its breeding services or its descendants.
  • Drugs companies are charging top dollar for treatments tailored to combat specific types of cancer.
  • But this releases seats close to flight that the airline can sell at top dollar.
  • If you want the best program in the country, or the top ten, you will pay top dollar.
  • They began to pay top dollar for bodies, no questions asked.
  • And that's why even public universities are willing to pay top dollar to hire and retain super-star faculty.
  • The military is willing to pay top dollar for radical technologies that give it a significant advantage.
British Dictionary definitions for top dollar

top dollar

noun
1.
(informal) the highest level of payment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for top dollar

top brass, the

noun phrase
  1. The highest of military officers: They went to the top brass at the Pentagon (1940s+)
  2. The highest executives, managers, etc: The top brass at Xerox liked the idea (1949+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with top dollar

top dollar

The highest price, as in They'll have to pay top dollar at that resort. [ Second half of 1900s ]
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