The well known expression "paying though the nose" comes from an Irish tradition in the 9th century AD of cutting open the noses of people who failed to pay their taxes
Paying through the nose for cocaine
Cocaine is a ''luxury'' product in Australia, with users paying as much as four times for the drug as those in Britain, a global drug survey finds. http://www.smh.com.au/national/paying-through-the-nose-for-cocaine-20130318-2gb6s.html#ixzz2mm8PRuP6
Nearly Bankrupt Illinois Forced To Pay Through The Nose To Borrow Money
The market has lost confidence in Illinois, a state which has now adopted its own IOU system.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/nearly-bankrupt-illinois-forced-to-pay-through-the-nose-to-borrow-money-2010-6#ixzz2mm8xLRjt
OBAMA CHARGES $1,000 PER HANDSHAKE
President Obama’s fan base is willing to pay through the nose to get a glimpse of him. In fact, supporters in Dearborn, Michigan showed up today to shell out $1,000 just to shake the hand of The One.http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/04/18/Obama-Thousand-Dollars-Handshake
Find out from CNN why people all over the world are paying through the nose for a piece of NYC's newest and tallest residential building One57! One reason is the long shot view of Central Park!