Meaning of what price —? in English:

what price —?


  • 1Used to ask what has become of something or to suggest that something has or would become worthless.

    ‘what price justice if he were allowed to go free?’
    • ‘I also addressed the Post Workers' Union meeting at St George's Hall in the company of Coun Margaret Eaton and Marsha Singh MP - what price that effort.’
    • ‘With the countryside slathered in chemicals and the parks sanitised in the name of ‘safety’, what price our ‘heritage’?’
    • ‘But what price his reputation if it had to rest alone on the output of that wilderness period?’
    • ‘So what price the trust in this company, which has enjoyed the residue of much mutual goodwill built up over generations?’
  • 2Used to state that something seems unlikely.

    ‘what price cricket at the Olympics?’
    • ‘And what price the chancellor actually assisting in the purchase of all these crofts by giving top-rate taxpayers cash incentives to buy up the properties?’
    • ‘And if our political leaders fail to set a firm example, what price the fashion industry itself?’
    • ‘If even animals can't feel welcome and at home in Caledonia stern and wild, what price people?’
    • ‘Still, they give the papers concerned a chance to bash the government, so what price accuracy?’