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- v. To pay a high price, especially an exorbitant or excessive amount, either in money or in some other manner.
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And there was Edward Parrott — or Sir Edward Parrott he had to become compulsorily because he owned estate worth more than £40 per annum, and pay through the nose for it; that was another of the King's tax-raising dodges — there he was, sitting on the greatest single treasure to reach this country since Drake sailed into Plymouth fifty years before … and there was nothing to equal it until Anson took the Manilla galleon a century later … there he was, sitting on a king's ransom.
Rent the rooms, pay through the nose for a scrawny chicken that would boil into grey scraps, and carry into the fever ward the remembrance of Josefina’s body and the extraordinary luxury of a wide, shared bed.