top dollar

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top dollar (countable and uncountable, plural top dollars)

  1. (chiefly US, idiomatic) The maximum amount of money that an item, service, or worker is worth; a very high price.
    • 1947, "Aces Up," Time, 8 Sep.,
      Within six months, Goodie was back in radio, earning just about the top dollar for a writer ($3,000 weekly) as Danny Kaye's chief scripter.
    • 2006, "Many ways to say cheese," Toronto Star, 6 Dec., p. F2,
      Consumers are willing to pay top dollar for distinctive, rare, traditional cheeses.