Cost and Arm and a Leg Script
This is Harry. He’s on holiday with his wife Beryl. It’s a holiday of a lifetime. It’s an expensive holiday; a very expensive holiday. Harry had to borrow a lot of money from the bank to pay for the expensive holiday. Harry daren’t tell Beryl that the holiday cost him an arm and a leg. Notice that Harry still has both of his arms and both of his legs. He has his arms and legs even though the holiday cost him an arm and a leg. This is because the expression to cost and arm and a leg is an idiom and is not meant literally. Beryl is very happy. She would not be so happy if she knew how much the holiday had cost. If to cost an arm and a leg was meant literally, Harry would now be missing an arm and a leg. Beryl would have noticed if her husband was suddenly missing an arm and a leg. Even though the holiday cost and arm and a leg, Harry did not actually have to give an arm and a leg to pay for it. I mean, who would do that anyway? He did, however, borrow a lot of money from the bank to pay for the holiday which cost an arm and a leg.
The Idiom – Cost an Arm and a Leg
The expression, to cost an arm and a leg, is an English idiom. Idioms are a very important part of English. If you want to achieve a high level of English, or even become proficient, you need to understand and use idioms.
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