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    on the same page, so to speak.

    Would you help me with the meanings of the following phrases/words in red?
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    1) As we are delivering presentation, keep your audience on the same page, so to speak.

    2) Have you ever gotten something for free? Probably yes, but not very often. Everything has a price tag. If you’re lucky, though, the cost can be next to nothing.

    3) Sometimes buyers are left with little choice but to pay a high price because of the demand or scarcity of a product. No one wants to pay through the nose, but we can’t always find great bargains.

    4) Similar to paying through the nose is facing HIGHWAY ROBBERY. It can really hurt to pay a lot of money, but some high prices are unavoidable. It’s as if the buyer is being robbed.

    5) Sometimes the price can’t exactly be called ridiculous, but it is high. In other words, a price may not qualify as highway robbery, but the purchase will COST YOU AN ARM AND A LEG.

    6) As long as the consumer demand is there, companies will continue to drive up the prices to meet their own expenses.

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    Tks / ju

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    Re: on the same page, so to speak.

    On the same page = reading from the same prayer book = in the same state of mind. Next to nothing means very little, e.g. $ 0.00001; the rest mean very expensive, while drive up means force to increase.

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