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fixed charge

an expense that cannot be modified.
a periodic obligation, as taxes, interest on bonds, etc.
fixed charges, such charges as depreciation, rent, interest, etc., arising out of the maintenance of fixed assets.
Origin of fixed charge
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is a fixed charge, and you pay it cheerfully, you pay it without a murmur.

    What Is Man? And Other Stories Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • There's the fixed charge for manicuring in the first place and then there's the tip.

    Cobb's Anatomy Irvin S. Cobb
  • The Government gives an annual subsidy, and then claims the right to the vessel at a fixed charge in case of emergency.

    The Flags of the World

    F. Edward Hulme
  • By a later decree, this pension is declared a fixed charge against the salary of the chief pilot and his successors.

    Amerigo Vespucci Frederick A. Ober
  • The old saeter-woman made no fixed charge, and appeared not to want to take any money.

    Katharine Frensham Beatrice Harraden
  • In the same year began his system of “hotel-coupons,” providing accommodation at a fixed charge.

  • When you came to pay the servants, how would you like it if each of the men and maids had a fixed charge?

    What Is Man? And Other Stories Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • It was indeed a blanket rate, like the fixed charge of two cents for postage.

  • You certainly can add one more fixed charge to your business, and that fixed charge should be a percentage of your cash receipts.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • You will trim your expenses a little closer, and your business will thus benefit by having this fixed charge.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
British Dictionary definitions for fixed charge

fixed charge

an invariable expense usually at regular intervals, such as rent
a legal charge on specific assets or property, as of a company
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