about, close to
You owe back taxes to the tune of $900,000.
1. Set to the musical composition of.
2. Used to mean "approximately", or "in the general range of", but usually only when talking about large sums of money.
1. When I heard Weird Al Yankovich's lyrics to the tune of "Beat It", I decided that maybe MTV really was a worthless tool of Satan.
2. Right: So then I had to pay something to the tune of $5,000 for a new one.
Wrong: So then I had to pay something to the tune of $0.05 for a new one.
Notice that the order of magnitude of the cash amount affects the usage of the phrase.
An Idiom: To the sum or extent of.
"We're looking at jail time, Franky. Either that or a fine to the tune of $50,000."
The abc song is to the tune of twinkle twinkle little star
estimate, close appraisal, rounded figure.
We are asking for donations to the tune of $1,000.
To perform a physical act upon someone of something in time to a music tune
He dance around him to the tune of "stuck in the middle of you" before slicing the guy's ear off
"around about" - approximately, roughly, in the region of. often applies to a monetary amount.
i heard an offer to the tune of 5 million dollars for this place.
in the range of
that computer will set you back to the tune of three thousand dollars