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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.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Idioms 272. The idiom today is to pay

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English Tutor Nick P Idioms (272) Pay Through the Nose

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