An Arm and A Leg – British Idioms

An Arm and A Leg – British Idioms

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Level: Advanced    Reading Time: 2 minutes    Category: Vocabulary

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Idioms are a great way to sound more natural when you are speaking English. Each country usually has their own idioms.

However, British English has lots of strange idioms that are confusing at first, but are really fun when you understand them.

Idioms are a great way to express a difficult idea in an easy way and can often be funny at the same time.

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What does “an arm and a leg” mean.

This expression is used to express that something is very expensive.

We often use it to express that the things we are talking about is more expensive that we expected or we think is acceptable.

It is a casual phrase, but it is not offensive so you can use it whenever you like.

This phrase is popular in the UK, but you will hear it in other countries too. Not all English speakers will use it, but they should understand you if you say it.


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How Do you use “an arm and a leg?

A good way to understand idioms is to see examples of them in use. Therefore, here are some examples of sentences which use this idiom:

  • Don’t have kids. They will cost you an arm and a leg.
  • The new iPhone is great but they cost an arm and a leg.
  • That must have cost him an arm and a leg!
  • Renting a house is expensive, but it’s better than paying an arm and a leg to buy one.
  • It costs an arm and a leg to live in London these days.

So, that is how you can use the idiom “an arm and a leg” in English. Don’t forget to check back for more British slang words and phrases you can use with your British mates!

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