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“Cost an arm and a leg”の意味と使い方 Bizmates初級ビジネス英会話 Point 271

Cost an arm and a leg ってどういう意味?

Cost an arm and a leg は何かをした代償が「高くついた」という意味の、比喩的な表現です。

第一次、第二次世界大戦で多くの生存兵が腕や脚を失って帰還したことから、この表現が生まれたと考えられています。

 

Cost an arm and a leg ってどういう場面で使うの?

たとえば、海外旅行から帰ってきた同僚との会話の中で:

Justin: How was your trip to Italy? Was it expensive?
You: Yes. It cost an arm and a leg.

Justin: イタリア旅行はいかがでしたか?けっこう旅費がかかったのではないですか?
You: ええ。高くつきました。

 

Cost an arm and a leg の自然な使い方を動画で学ぶ

こちらの動画で、発音や、会話の中での自然な使い方を、Bizmatesのプレゼンター Justinが解説します。

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Hello everyone! Justin here and welcome
back to another Bizmates for Beginners

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video lesson where every week, we
introduce a new idiom phrase or

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expression that you can use in your
daily business conversation. And this

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week, everyone, we are going to learn "cost an arm and a leg." All right, so to find

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out what this means and how to use it,
please stay tuned to everyone. But first,

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as always, let's do a quick review of
last week's class. All right everyone, so

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imagine I say "Wow! We have so much work this month." So in order to accomplish all

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of our tasks, you know, we need to work
harder. We need to work faster. We need to

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work more efficiently. So how do you say
that using the expression from last week?

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I'll give you five seconds to think
about it. Are you ready? Okay, go. Okay and

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time is up. If you said "Yes, we have to
step it up"

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that's exactly right. Well done and thank
you for remembering last week's class.

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Okay everyone. Let's move on to "cost an
arm and a leg." Now this is what I

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sometimes hear, all right. So I'm talking to
my good friend and colleague Taro and

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Taro just came back from vacation. So I say Taro, welcome back. So how was your trip

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to Italy? You know, was the flight
expensive? Taro says "Yes. It was expensive."

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Okay, well you answered the question very
clearly. Taro, thank you. Yes, it was

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expensive. So yes, it is simple and easy to
understand, but you might hear a native

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English speaker say something like this.
"Yes. It cost an arm and a leg." Right.

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Okay. Yeah, flying all the way to Europe
from here, yeah, it must be expensive,

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right? So whenever something is very
pricey, maybe you bought a really nice

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new suit or maybe a nice watch or maybe
your company

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refurnished or renovated the whole
office, well it certainly cost an arm and

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a leg. If you spent a lot of money, okay
so if it's very expensive, you had to use

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a lot of money, it cost an arm and a leg.
All right, so pronunciation. It's as you see

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it here, everyone, "cost an arm and a leg."
So please repeat after me.

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Yeah, it cost an arm and a leg. Your turn.

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Very good.
All right. Now after my question. "So how was

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your trip to Italy? Was the flight
expensive?" "Yes, it cost an arm and a leg."

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Okay, so please remember this for our
class next week, everyone.

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Okay our bonus question is another way
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answer is, please leave it in the
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what the answer is and you are curious,
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covered in one of our previous Bizmates
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look if you have the time. Okay everyone,
so that is it from me this week. Thank you

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always for watching. Have a great weekend everyone and I'll see you next time.

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Thank you.

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