Politicians in some countries are debating the value gained from a university-level education. University fees in many countries cost an arm and a leg and many graduates find themselves deeply in debt when they finish their studies. In some places, the number of highly educated graduates exceeds the number of jobs available. Some politicians and business leaders feel than on-the-job training would be more efficient and cost-effective. But higher education also teaches valuable life skills such as critical thinking. Do you feel the costs of higher education are worth it for students in your country?
Watch the video below to learn more about this great idiom.
An arm and a leg? Are we talking about body parts? No, an arm and a leg is an idiom that means a lot of money.
Let’s look at some examples of how you can use this phrase in everyday life:
- Be careful with that! It cost me an arm and a leg!
- Wow! Look at that car! It must have cost an arm and a leg!
- I’m looking for a new PC, but hopefully one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
So, there you have it. Have you ever spent an arm and a leg? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page.
Write some sentences to practice using today’s expression. Use these following questions as a guide and try to include today’s idiom in your answer.
- What was the most expensive thing you ever bought?
- Is it expensive to rent property in your country? Is it expensive to buy a house?
- Have you ever bought a product from a luxury designer? Did you feel the product was worth the price you paid? Why or why not?
- What activities and amenities would your dream vacation include? Would it cost a lot of money?
- Do you think it is always worth buying a more expensive product? Why or why not?