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I knew it was likely that he was paid an exorbitant amount of money for his story and that he was probably worrying about a mountain of debt for his education.
Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
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  • I knew it was likely that he was paid an exorbitant amount of money for his story and that he was probably worrying about a mountain of debt for his education.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Mia is the one who bought my guitar for some exorbitant sum, which means that Mia knew it was up for auction.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Eugene’s trip to Tilghman Brothers, the exorbitant fee they had charged for the expedited service (exactly double their regular fee), Junior’s two separate trips to apply the varnish and the final trip he would make Friday morning to screw the eyebolts back in and reattach the ropes on their figure eights and hang the swing from the ceiling: she would have no idea of any of that.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Piedmont addressed his letter to Sedgwick, following the prescribed rungs of the ladder of command, and asked him to look into an "exorbitant" gas bill and to make recommendations and regulations binding the use of the boat.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • —which was hardly exorbitant by metropolitan standards in that deflated time, and even for Schrafft’s profoundly ordinary fare.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I don’t know exactly how much it was, and the price of any gift in the arena was exorbitant.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • If a victor is considered desirable, the president gives them as a reward or allows people to buy them for an exorbitant amount of money.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • She wore a plain gray suit; the contrast between its tailored severity and her appearance was deliberately exorbitant—and strangely elegant.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • ’The price,’ said Milo, ’was outrageous — positively exorbitant!
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Haymitch is our only hope, but nothing is forthcoming, either from lack of money — everything will cost an exorbitant amount — or because he’s dissatisfied with our performance.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games

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  • The sum is exorbitant.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Eragon’s temper flared at the exorbitant price, and he started to complain hotly, but Brom silenced him with a quick look.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I may get my exorbitant profit-or Taggart Transcontinental may crash before I collect it.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He who gave to all so readily thought this demand exorbitant and almost odious.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • There was food aboard, albeit at exorbitant prices, and the three of them contrived to eat a meal on one of the seats forward.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • He established a fixed rate for servants’ wages, which were becoming recklessly exorbitant.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The window, let at an exorbitant price, which the count had doubtless wished to conceal from his guests, was on the second floor of the great palace, situated between the Via del Babuino and the Monte Pincio.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • They had to pay exorbitant sums in key money and look for a new roof over their heads in the last weeks of October.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Always, the exorbitant demands rode upon military ventures.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • There is my explanation; it is sad enough, Poole, ay, and appalling to consider; but it is plain and natural, hangs well together, and delivers us from all exorbitant alarms.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • He is an exorbitant prince.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • And this we offer to the poor sick folk who come to us trustfully and pay us at an exorbitant rate to be made well again!
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • Will Benteen sat on the front steps at Scarlett’s feet in the pleasant sunshine of the early autumn afternoon and his flat voice went on and on languidly about the exorbitant costs of ginning the cotton at the new gin near Fayetteville.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Why is it that you exact an exorbitant rent of eight dollars per week from the Thomas family for one unventilated, rat-infested room in which four people eat and sleep?
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Peter told his troubles to Mr. Shimerda: he was unable to meet a note which fell due on the first of November; had to pay an exorbitant bonus on renewing it, and to give a mortgage on his pigs and horses and even his milk cow.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • All we have ever managed to do is to pay our rent, the exorbitant rent that one has to pay for a few square feet of space near the heart of things.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • She haunted out unassuming restaurant and entered, but was disturbed to find the prices were exorbitant for the size of her purse.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Anticipating an easier victory than she had foreseen, she named an exorbitant sum.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Their remoteness and unpunctuality, or their exorbitant charges and frauds, will be drawing forth bitter lamentations.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • For he that taketh pains, and industriously layes himselfe to sleep, in case any uncouth and exorbitant fancy come unto him, cannot easily think it other than a Dream.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • I was far from expecting ever to belong to him, for the price asked for me from the time I was first enslaved was exorbitant, and always provoked either anger or derision, yet my master stuck stubbornly to it—twenty-two dollars.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Even to Papi fifty bucks wasn’t exorbitant but he was reluctant to part with it.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • To such the State renders comparatively small service, and a slight tax is wont to appear exorbitant, particularly if they are obliged to earn it by special labor with their hands.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • Sometime after the dinner, Howard contacted the filly’s owner and offered an exorbitant sum for her.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • He would fortify the interior of the island and make it a killing field, hoping the exorbitant casualties would make the Marines falter and perhaps cause the civilians in America to pause in their desire to invade the Japanese mainland.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Beyond the exorbitant pay-and frequently the pardoning of past crimes—the opportunities were unlimited.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Again and again the tenants would tell me of neighboring landlords who threw their tenants out of their homes for any little thing, or landlords who charged exorbitant rents.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • Knavery and folly, though never so exorbitant, will more easily meet with assent; for ill-nature adds great support and strength to faith.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • His exorbitant fees come from my enemies here in Hong Kong and Macao, and up the Deep Bay water routes north into the provinces themselves!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • When she had thus for a while struck the flint on her heart without getting a spark, incapable, moreover, of understanding what she did not experience as of believing anything that did not present itself in conventional forms, she persuaded herself without difficulty that Charles’s passion was nothing very exorbitant.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Nor were his conditions exorbitant, or the man craving and eager to make a prey of us, but for fifteen guineas we had our whole passage and provisions and cabin, ate at the captain’s table, and were very handsomely entertained.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • …richest freight will be discharged upon a Jersey shore;—to be your own telegraph, unweariedly sweeping the horizon, speaking all passing vessels bound coastwise; to keep up a steady despatch of commodities, for the supply of such a distant and exorbitant market; to keep yourself informed of the state of the markets, prospects of war and peace everywhere, and anticipate the tendencies of trade and civilization—taking advantage of the results of all exploring expeditions, using new…
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Rather, he supervised the work of a team of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), which allowed him to handle three or four patients at the same time and bill them all at standard, exorbitant rates.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Fortunately for those who pay their court through such foibles, a fond mother, though, in pursuit of praise for her children, the most rapacious of human beings, is likewise the most credulous; her demands are exorbitant; but she will swallow any thing; and the excessive affection and endurance of the Miss Steeles towards her offspring were viewed therefore by Lady Middleton without the smallest surprise or distrust.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • …thou spoken as my thoughts are, all As my eternal purpose hath decreed; Man shall not quite be lost, but sav’d who will; Yet not of will in him, but grace in me Freely vouchsaf’d; once more I will renew His lapsed powers, though forfeit; and enthrall’d By sin to foul exorbitant desires; Upheld by me, yet once more he shall stand On even ground against his mortal foe; By me upheld, that he may know how frail His fallen condition is, and to me owe All his deliverance, and to none but me.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • There was an unlimited range of society—the powerful, the wise, the witty, and the famous in every walk of life; princes, presidents, poets, generals, artists, actors, and philanthropists,—all making their own market at the fair, and deeming no price too exorbitant for such commodities as hit their fancy.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • Blighted and battered, but still responsive and still ironic, his face was like a lighted lantern patched with paper and unsteadily held; his thin whisker languished upon a lean cheek; the exorbitant curve of his nose defined itself more sharply.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Love, being an extremely exacting usurer (a sense of exorbitant profit, spiritually, by an exchange of hearts, being at the bottom of pure passions, as that of exorbitant profit, bodily or materially, is at the bottom of those of lower atmosphere), every morning Oak’s feelings were as sensitive as the money-market in calculations upon his chances.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Mrs. Dave Dyer broke into Carol’s peroration with a furious, "That’s all very well, but believe me, I do those things myself when I’m without a maid—and that’s a good share of the time for a person that isn’t willing to yield and pay exorbitant wages!"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • "So may Abraham, Jacob, and all the fathers of our people assist me," said Isaac, "I cannot make the choice, because I have not the means of satisfying your exorbitant demand!"
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
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