Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-29-2003, 07:31 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: 1060 W. Addison
Posts: 325
Why do "top dollar" and "bottom dollar" mean the same thing?

Q: How much did that security system cost?
A: We paid top dollar for it.

Q: Will it be sunny tomorrow?
A: You can bet your bottom dollar.

In the above two examples, and in general, "top dollar" and "bottom dollar" mean the same thing: lots of money. Why? Is there any similar phrase that is used to mean the opposite (not much money)?
Old 07-29-2003, 07:36 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 22,536
No, they don't. "Top dollar" means the highest price, or most expensive". "Bottom dollar" means your last dollar; betting your bottom dollar means you're betting on such a sure thing that you're willing to risk your last dollar on it.
SnUgGLypuPpY -- TakE BaCk tHe PiT!
Old 07-29-2003, 08:44 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: NoWA
Posts: 57,946
What Q.E.D. said.

(I always get to these late.)
Old 07-29-2003, 09:31 PM
Graphite is a great
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Akron, Ohio
Posts: 25,860
(I always get to these late.)
"Bottom dollar" was used to mean your "last" one from the middle of the 1800's.

"Top dollar" is only from the mid-20th Century as far as I can find.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:43 AM.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: carlton your doorman cf stands for ac works intermittently tyger girl newark airport name drink vampire blood jaco pastorius death valery usai mineral puns black earwax hispanic haircut rosarito safe newlywed game butt long pole chino moreno fat groundhog bait poison teresa wright nude uncooked oatmeal multisystem vcrs miss suzy song domestic engineer definition cat crouching bilbo baggins speech trimps heirloom guide dr martens repair pest strip sunoco sticker ammonia towels nomad biker relativistic weapons supercharged cars hot hob 1980s porn star freshman sophomore junior senior origin edward james olmos acne can you mix windshield washer fluid cost of a bail of hay kathy griffin in pulp fiction how to pronounce comparable what electrolyte can be used to electrolyze water how to dress for a part time job interview can i put drano in the dishwasher cheddar cheese on apple pie origin how many miles do you run in a basketball game better to be thought a fool quote how to clean raspberries tapping sound in wall at night middle earth shadow of mordor ending explained what is the derivative of e^2 what key is alto recorder in sticking tongue out meaning how to use a crutch how to do the vulcan salute how much tritium is on earth how much time passes between empire strikes back and return of the jedi berger aptitude for programming test threaded pvc fittings leak what are piggyback seats tip mattress delivery guy eating vicks vapor rub bring in the new year or ring in honeywell thermostat heat on blinking subfloor water damage repair cost phone number with 12 digits how much is hay ovime tangit vocem meam a bell boy sells beer man show what to do with old encyclopedia britannica