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cost the earth | charge the earth

Meaning: If something costs the earth, or they charge the earth for it, it's very expensive.

For example:

  • Just having a cup of coffee costs the earth in there. It's ridiculously expensive.

  • Don't have anything from the little fridge in your hotel room. They charge the earth for that stuff.

Quick Quiz:

These Persian carpets cost the earth, so
  1. they must be good quality
  2. they can't be very good
  3. let's get them while they're cheap

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