[Phrases] Pay An Arm And A Leg

Hey guys! Welcome to [Phrases] today!

Imagine this: one day, a friend of yours showed you a picture of a nice pair of shoes, and he said:” I really like the color and the design of the shoes, but it will cost me an arm and a leg to get them.” Naturally, you’ll think he was kidding, how can something unharmful make you lose an arm and a leg, right?

Well, this is just a figure of speech. The phrase “pay an arm and a leg” means that what you’re purchasing is very expensive, or more expensive than it should be. For example, you can say “Her parents paid an arm and a leg for the wedding” or “the wedding cost her parents an arm and a leg“.


For today’s [Phrases], we’ve prepared for you several idioms relating to “arm” and “leg“, let’s take a look!

1. keep at arm’s length

to avoid being very close to or friendly with someone or something

He wants to keep his gossipy neighbour at arm’s length.

They no longer trust her and are keeping her at arm’s length.

2. up in arms

passionately protesting something because you are angry or upset

My father was up in arms when he found out my sister became pregnant before she got married.

The entire population is up in arms about the police brutality and racism.

3. Break a leg!

an expression that is used to wish someone luck, especially in a performance

Break a leg!” shouted the stage director to his actors before the beginning of the play.

You have an exam tomorrow? Break a leg!


4. give someone a leg up

to hold one’s hands together so that someone can step into them while climbing up onto something; to give someone an advantage over others

I don’t think I can get on this horse without help. Can someone give me a leg up?

These skills will give you a leg up in the job market.

5. have legs

if a news story, an idea, a movie, etc. has legs, people will continue to be interested in it, or it will be successful, popular, etc. for a long time

We’ll soon see if the movie has legs.

This latest scandal has legs – you’ll probably still be reading about it in a year’s time.

6. pull someone’s leg

to play a trick on someone, usually by making them believe something that is not true

You saw a rat as big as a dog? Are you pulling my leg?

I panicked when he said the test was tomorrow, but then I realized he was just pulling my leg.

Please make some sentences with the phrases we just mentioned by yourself!

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  • I want to keep my gossipy friend at arm’s length.

    He is a toxic friend. You should keep her at arm’s length.

    The society is up in arms when the goverment sold the land to the foreigner.

    You will apply for a job in thqt company? Break a leg.

    By learning about online learning, it will give you a leg up.

    They will soon see if the applicatuon has legs.

    Yedterday you told me that you are in love with me but today you propose her. Are you pulling my leg?

  • My favorite😍💕 one is up in arms 😂😂😅
    That’s really nice 😎i found it more interesting than other one which way it use in sentence that was I love what 😇😅😂😂😂
    And i wanna make a sentence too.
    So mine is: – my frnd is up in arms on me when he knew that what I said to her it was totally fake never reality in it was. But! I was just pulling her leg i wasn’t serious that moment.
    That was fuck!!!!!!!!
    2nd one is: – my dear my everything said once me i watched hera feri movie🎬 couple of times and asked how much time did u watch this and then I said to him maybe around 3 and 4 times he suggested me try another and let me know if it has legs 😁

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