"cost an arm and a leg"
bkd at GRAPHNET.COM
Wed Apr 5 09:53:34 UTC 2000
From: Gerald Cohen <gcohen at UMR.EDU>
To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Tuesday, April 04, 2000 9:51 PM
Subject: "cost an arm and a leg"
>Today I received the following query from _The Readers Digest_:
>>... we are looking for the origin of the phrase "that will cost you an arm
>>and a leg." Do you have any suggestions on where we might look to find
>>answer? Any books you could suggest?
> What comes to mind here is that the physical cost of combat (loss of
>an arm and a leg, i.e. a huge loss) is transferred to the context of a
> Would anyone have any additional information or insight to pass
What comes to my mind are Mafia debt collection techniques...
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