for a song

This page is about the idiom for a song


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

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Contributor: Matt Errey