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    Default Re: Arm and a leg

    talking of budy's parts in idioms, what is that idiom includes"nail and tooth" or something similar to that thanks for help

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    Whenever I see an over-priced Buy One Get One Free offer, I traanslate it as 'Pay an arm for one, and get the second for only a leg.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACOOL View Post
    talking of budy's parts in idioms, what is that idiom includes"nail and tooth" or something similar to that thanks for help
    It's a binomial, so the order is fixed: 'tooth and nail'. The two boys were fighting tooth and nail - fighting very fiercely, using fair means or foul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It's a binomial, so the order is fixed: 'tooth and nail'. The two boys were fighting tooth and nail - fighting very fiercely, using fair means or foul.
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    now I got it thanks a lot

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    When two things are "inseparable", like two best friends who get along well, we (Brazilians) say they´re like nail and flesh...a bit gross..and it doesn´t sound English at all.. so I thought of part and parcel..but that does not sound good either when referring to friends like that...things like Batman and Robin, Max und Moritz, Hansel and Great or whatever it´s called...crossed my mind..What other names would you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avalon View Post
    When two things are "inseparable", like two best friends who get along well, we (Brazilians) say they´re like nail and flesh...a bit gross..and it doesn´t sound English at all.. so I thought of part and parcel..but that does not sound good either when referring to friends like that...things like Batman and Robin, Max und Moritz, Hansel and Great or whatever it´s called...crossed my mind..What other names would you use?
    We also have an expression for this - just as gross in its way: 'joined at the hip'. (This has nothing to do with more extreme parts of the body, though the surgery required to separate them might well cost an arm and a leg.)

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    i think in medieval age, people sold their organs to earn money, and if it was so expensive, they sold their both legs and arms to afford the price...

    Dont blame me...

    it is just a prediction:)

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    Default Re: Arm and a leg

    you have a wide number of examples here
    like it

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhudzuong View Post
    thank you.
    This idiom is very easy to remember. I never know it.
    Can you recommand any idiom which is oposite to this idiom ?
    "I got it for a song" or "It was dirt cheap" are both opposites to this idiom

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    Default Re: Arm and a leg

    for example: The car costs me a arm and a leg.
    i will pay a arm and a leg on teaching myself.

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