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Meaning of “cost sb dear” in the English Dictionary

"cost sb dear" in British English

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cost sb dear

UK to ​cause someone to ​spend a lot of ​money or ​losemoney: Buying that ​second-handcar without having it ​checked by a ​mechanic first cost us ​dear. UK to ​cause someone a lot of ​problems: Later that ​year he ​attacked a ​photographer, an ​incident that cost him ​dear.
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