Costar un ojo de la cara (o costar un riñón) / To cost an arm and a leg

Is it true that an eye is precious? And what about a kidney? We can survive without one of them, but in this way we are going to lose a part of ourselves and then, after such a changement, we have to take more care about us.

The Spanish use the expression “costar un ojo de la cara” or “costar un riñón” when something cost a lot to do (in money or effort terms).

For example: “Look at this car, I am sure it cost an arm and a leg”.

Other Proverbs

A fleeing enemy, silver bridge ( A enemigo que huye puente de plata)
Who grasps at too much loses everything
Appetite comes with eating
“Be more apañao’ that a peseta”

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