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Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Idioms 272. The idiom today is to pay
through the nose. Okay. Let's take a look at the note here. Now if someone pays
through the nose, he or she pays an excessive or exorbitant amount of money
for something, especially in an unreasonable way or an unreasonable
amount of money. Okay. Let's continue. The origin of this quote is believed to come
from Ireland when the Danes , you know the Danes meaning the Danish conquered the Irish in
the ninth century. They forced the Irish to pay a nose tax, a nose tax. Yeah.
This is really real. They actually took a census. So they went around counting
people by counting their noses. They took a census by counting noses. If any Irish
refused to pay, they would slit their noses from the lip to the eyebrow. So
they slit it all away from here probably up through the nose, up to the
eyebrow here. Very terrible , very bad but anyway that's supposedly where the
phrase came from. Okay. All right we got three examples. This is actually a pretty
common phrase and we do hear about this a lot. So this would be one typical sort
of example. Example number one. She made her husband pay through the nose in a
divorce settlement. Yeah I've heard this many times in movies and shows and
things like that. Number two. If you have a long stay in the hospital without
insurance you will have to pay through the nose. Yeah. It's scary. Somebody getting a
hospital bill that's you know, 10,000 20,000, 30,000 dollars or something like
this. They make you pay through the nose. Okay and number three here. If you want
to fly first-class, the airline will make you pay through the nose. Yeah. Nowadays
sometimes it's not only double. I think sometimes it's actually triple the price
of economy. Sometimes depending on the airline. But anyway the airline makes you
pay through the nose either way. Anyway, I hope you got it. I hope it is clear.
Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.
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English Tutor Nick P Idioms (272) Pay Through the Nose

17 Folder Collection
anitawu12 published on September 2, 2019
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