Definition of a pretty penny in English:

a pretty penny

phrase

informal
  • A large sum of money:

    ‘that car must have cost a pretty penny’
    • ‘One of my teachers bought her goddaughter some stock as a christening gift, it must be worth a pretty penny by now.’
    • ‘I am considering auctioning off those tickets - which would fetch a pretty penny - and donating the money to charity.’
    • ‘Leather garments can cost a pretty penny, so it's imperative that you know how to care for them.’
    • ‘The film was produced for the sole purpose of making a pretty penny.’
    a lot of money, a fortune, a considerable sum of money, a vast sum of money, millions, billions, a king's ransom, a killing, a windfall, a bonanza
    a small fortune, heaps of money, lots of money, pots of money, a mint, a bundle, a packet, a wad, a pile, a stack, a heap, a tidy sum
    telephone numbers
    a bomb, shedloads, a shedload
    big bucks, big money, gazillions
    a huge amount, a small fortune, a king's ransom, a vast sum, a large sum of money, a lot, a fortune, millions, billions
    a packet, a mint, a bundle, a pile, a wad, an arm and a leg, a tidy sum, a killing
    a bomb, loadsamoney, shedloads
    big bucks, big money, gazillions
    big bickies
    big bickies, motser, motza
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