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Idioms

for a song

This page is about the idiom for a song

Meaning

If you buy or sell something for a song, you buy or sell it at a very cheap price.

For example

  • When I was in Vietnam I bought some beautiful lacquerware for a song. I still can't believe how cheap it was.

  • James had a really valuable record by an old American band called The Cramps, but he sold it for a song at a garage sale. He didn't know how much it was worth.

Quick Quiz

I thought I was getting the gems for a song, but I was actually

a. paying too much

b. paying less than usual

c. meant to dance as well
a) paying too much b) paying less than usual c) meant to dance as well

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Contributor: Matt Errey