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The meaning of "an arm and a leg"

" An arm and a leg "
Very expensive. A large amount of money.
That new lawnmower is top of the range. It cost me an arm and a leg.
Where did it originate?:
USA, mid-20th century. Often mistakenly thought to be related to the high cost of painting full-length portraits.
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