- money allowed to a successful party in a lawsuit in compensation for legal expenses incurred, chargeable to the unsuccessful party.
- money due to a court or one of its officers for services in a cause.
verb (used with object), cost or for 10, cost·ed; cost·ing.
verb (used without object), cost·ed or cost; cost·ing.
Verb Phrases past and past participle cost·ed or cost; present participle cost·ing.
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Idioms for cost
Origin of cost
OTHER WORDS FROM costcost·less, adjectivecost·less·ness, nounre·cost, verb (used with object), re·cost, re·cost·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for at all costs
- the amount paid for a commodity by its sellerto sell at cost
- (as modifier)the cost price
verb costs, costing or cost
Derived forms of costcostless, adjective
Word Origin for cost
Idioms and Phrases with at all costs (1 of 2)
Also, at any cost or price. Regardless of the expense or effort involved, by any means. For example, Ann told the doctor to preserve her mother's sight at all costs, or It seems the company plans to develop the product at any cost, or I'm determined to get vacation time at any price. [Mid-1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with at all costs (2 of 2)
see arm and a leg, cost an; at all costs; pretty penny, cost a.