Definitions

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  • n. A very large sum of money.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a very large treasure

Etymologies

From the exceptionally high ransom demanded for the return of a kidnapped or captured king. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I would give a king's ransom to have been able to eavesdrop on his final conversation with the delectable — and doubtless virtuous — Mrs.Winters. "

    Unforgiven

  • Trip after trip he made from the cache to the hearth, setting out a king's ransom of jewelery and carved ornaments.

    Renegade's Magic

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