Definition of to the tune of in US English:

to the tune of

phrase

informal
  • Amounting to or involving (a specified considerable sum)

    ‘he was in debt to the tune of forty thousand dollars’
    • ‘The move is expected to boost the state coffers to the tune of £33.6 million next year.’
    • ‘During the first two months of the financial year the trust has already overspent to the tune of £208,000.’
    • ‘This means the state is defrauded nationally to the tune of £2 billion each year.’
    • ‘That means she has been compensated to the tune of €83,000 for each of the months she was in charge.’
    • ‘Thompson has had to pay some in advance, a commitment that has set him back to the tune of nearly £30,000.’
    • ‘The report also shows the Cathedral is in the black to the tune of £113,000.’
    • ‘In his view, the the private sector will benefit to the tune of 600 million leva.’
    • ‘Three businesses in South Lakeland have received grants to the tune of £3,000.’
    • ‘The other main area of overspending is children's disability services, to the tune of 250,000.’
    • ‘Last week the news broke that even chewing gum was to be taxed to the tune of 15 cent a packet.’