too rich for one's blood
- (idiomatic) Too expensive or fancy to suit one's taste or preferences.
1899, Horatio Alger, chapter 8, in Mark Mason's Victory:
- "I don't care to rob you of this bread. Aunt Jane. It's too rich for my blood. . . . I'd rather take my supper at the cheapest restaurant on the Bowery."
1903, Andy Adams, chapter 24, in The Log of a Cowboy:
- "That's right, fellows," roared Lovell from his commanding position, as he jingled a handful of gold coins, ". . . and remember that nothing's too rich for our blood to-day."
1921, Zane Grey, chapter 5, in The Mysterious Rider:
- "Smoke! Me? I'll give you a hoss right now for a cigar. I git one onct a year, mebbe."
- "Here's a box I've been packin' for long," replied Wade, as he handed it up to Billings. "They're Spanish, all right. Too rich for my blood!"
- 2001 June 24, Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, "The Empire Of The Pigs," Time:
- It was not just Oklahoma's subsidies that persuaded Seaboard to relocate. The Albert Lea work force was unionized; wages had risen to $19,100 a year—still $3,100 below their level in 1983, but too rich for Seaboard's blood.