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escalator clause

a provision in a contract calling for adjustments, usually increases, in charges, wages, or other payments, based on fluctuations in production costs, the cost of living, or other variables.
Also called, especially British, escalation clause.
Origin of escalator clause
An Americanism dating back to 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for escalator clause

escalator clause

a clause in a contract stipulating an adjustment in wages, prices, etc, in the event of specified changes in conditions, such as a large rise in the cost of living or price of raw materials
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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