Idioms for cost

    at all costs, regardless of the effort involved; by any means necessary: The stolen painting must be recovered at all costs.Also at any cost.

Origin of cost

1200–50; (v.) Middle English costen < Anglo-French, Old French co(u)ster < Latin constāre to stand together, be settled, cost; cf. constant; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, noun derivative of the v.

SYNONYMS FOR cost

3 detriment.

OTHER WORDS FROM cost

cost·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

cost
/ (kɒst) /

noun

verb costs, costing or cost

Derived forms of cost

costless, adjective

Word Origin for cost

C13: from Old French (n), from coster to cost, from Latin constāre to stand at, cost, from stāre to stand
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Idioms and Phrases with at all costs (1 of 2)

at all costs

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)

cost

see arm and a leg, cost an; at all costs; pretty penny, cost a.

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