Meaning: cost dearly. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: cost an eye and an ear
Rewrite 2: cost you your left nostril
Rewrite 3: cost a hand full of fingers and toes
Rewrite 4: fee is your car and the garage it sleeps in
Rewrite 5: cost you half your sense of humor and all your good looks
Comment: I’m trying for a little humor here, but all of its applications won’t be happy ones.
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