“Pay Top Dollar”の意味と使い方 Bizmates初級ビジネス英会話 Point 288
Pay top dollar ってどういう意味？
Pay top dollar とは pay の「支払う」top「頂上」dollar「ドル」という意味が合わさり、「〜に最高額のお金を払う」ことを意味します。日本語で言う「出し惜しみしない」や「金に糸目をつけない」、「ケチケチしない」に相当します。
Pay top dollar ってどういう場面で使うの？
You: Who would pay over a thousand dollars for a smart watch?!
Justin: Techies will pay top dollar for the newest gadgets.
Pay top dollar の自然な使い方を動画で学ぶ
Hello everyone! Justin here and welcome to another Bizmates for Beginners video
lesson where every week we introduced a new idiom, phrase, or expression that you
can use in your daily business conversation. This week everyone we are
going to learn: Pay Top Dollar. So to find out what this means please stay tuned.
But first as always, let's start with a quick review of last week's lesson.
Alright everyone, so imagine I asked you: How was your business trip to New York?
So you just flew back from New York a couple of days ago, but you haven't
adjusted to the time here in Japan just yet. Okay, so maybe your internal clock
hasn't quite adjusted from the time difference. So how do you say that using
the expression from last week? I'll give you five seconds to think about it. You
ready? Okay go!
Alright and time is up. If you said: It was good but I still have
jet lag. Then that's exactly right. Well done and thank you for remembering last
week's class. Okay everyone, let's move on to: Pay Top Dollar. Now this is what I
sometimes hear. Alright, so I'm speaking to my good friend and colleague Taro and
we just watched an online press release, okay, from a tech company. And they just
launched or just released a new smart watch. But that smart watch although
it's really great, it's very expensive. So I say: Taro, who would pay over a thousand
dollars for a smart watch? Taro says: Well, techies will pay much money for the
newest gadgets. Okay, thank you. Alright Taro, so it's very interesting
that he used the word techies. Now this is something we covered in one of our
previous lessons. So a techie is someone that's really really into technology,
they love technology. Okay? Similarly a foodie is someone who's really into
food. Okay, so Taro says techies people who love technology will pay much money.
Now, although this is good, you might hear a native English speaker
use this expression instead: Techies will pay top dollar for the newest gadgets.
Okay, so they're willing to spend a lot of money to get the newest toys and
newest gadgets. Thousand dollars, two thousand dollars doesn't matter. Techies
will pay top dollar just like foodies. Okay, they will pay top
dollar for the best cheese, for the best whiner, for the best meat. Companies will
pay top dollar to attract talent. Okay? So talented workers or employees.
Alright, so top dollar means you're willing to pay a lot of money. So techies will
pay top dollar for the newest gadgets. Alright, so pronunciation it's as you
see here. So please repeat after me: Techies will pay top dollar for the
newest gadgets. Your turn.
Alright good, now after my question: Wow, who would pay
over a thousand dollars for a smart watch?!
That's right, techies will pay top dollar for the newest smart watch, absolutely.
Okay everyone, so please remember this for next time.
Okay, our bonus question this week is another way to say to: act too quickly. To
do something before you are fully prepared. Alright, if you know what the
answer is to this, please leave it in the comments below. If you don't know what it
is, well you are in luck. Because it's something that we covered in one of our
previous video lessons. So take a look if you have the time. And of course, I will
leave the answer to last week's bonus question in the information section
below. Okay everyone, so that is it for us this week. Thank you always for watching!
Have a great weekend everyone and I'll look forward to seeing you next time.