cost the earth

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cost the earth (third-person singular simple present costs the earth, present participle costing the earth, simple past and past participle cost the earth)

  1. (idiomatic) To be a huge expense.
    • 2009, Patricia Shaw, Quadrant, November 2009, No. 461 (Volume LIII, Number 11), Quadrant Magazine Limited, page 107:
      "That's a nice suit, Noelene. Is it new?" Of course it's bloody new. Cost me the earth.