top dollar

noun Informal.
the maximum amount being or likely to be paid: to pay top dollar for the jewelry.
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top dollar
 
n
informal the highest level of payment

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top dollar

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

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
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.
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