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idioms and phrases

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    An idiom is an expression that means something other than the literal meanings of its individual words. There are a number of interesting idioms in English and their origins are even more interesting. I am now posting one idiom with its origin. I have taken this from the internet. It is very interesting.
    It Will Cost You an Arm and a Leg

    In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms.

    Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are 'limbs,' therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, 'Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg.' (Artists know hands and arms are more difficult to paint)
     
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