Tickets that COST AN ARM AND A LEG


Arena das Dunas - Natal - Brasil

Arena das Dunas – Natal – Brasil

“By now you will have heard the horror stories. The price of hotel rooms doubling, trebling, quadrupling. Flights that would require a second mortgage to afford. Tickets that cost an arm and a leg.”

http://eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/the-rio-report/five-essential-travel-tips-brazil-2014-125824668.html

As the months go by, more and more sports news will be about next year’s World Cup. If you’re thinking of going, I suggest you click on the link above for some useful tips. One of them is about the price of stadium tickets, which will COST AN ARM AND A LEG.

Many times you’ve heard the advice that you should try to understand a word or phrase from context and not always use a dictionary. Now put it into practice. From the quotation above, what do you think to cost and arm and a leg means?

Use the language

Have you got a similar expression in your language? How does it translate into English?

5 comments

  1. Hello NOG 😉 Please don´t get me wrong. I didn´t learn cooking the books. Means, that I´m not a specialist for something like that, but I was tought by Rob and learned many further idioms too.

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  2. When something cost one arm an one leg, you should think about that you can only pay twice this way ;). Also you should think about who will get your arms and legs. I asure you that folks who buy your arms and legs also COOKING THE BOOKS. ;))

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    1. You can only pay twice that way – true enough 🙂

      I see you’ve introduced another idiom too, Uli. Now where did you learn COOKING THE BOOKS from?

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  3. Hi NOG! Accommodation and tickets are so expensive to attend the World Cup in the Brazil that besides the arms and legs, they also cost “the eyes of the face” (this is a common expression here in Brazil). =)

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    1. That’s interesting. More body parts to say how expensive something is!

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