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pay through the nose Informal

Meaning: If you pay through the nose for something, you pay more than the usual price for it.

For example:

  • I know I pay through the nose for my dental work, but the dentist I see is supposed to be the best, so I don't mind paying more than usual.

  • We had to pay through the nose for our room because it was a long weekend and most of the hotels were fully booked.

Quick Quiz:

They got to see the final game, but they paid through the nose for their tickets because
  1. they weren't selling well
  2. they were so hard to get
  3. they didn't have much money

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