the average cost of food, clothing, and other necessary or usual goods and services paid by a person, family, etc., or considered as a standard by the members of a group.
- cost-of-living, adjective
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How to use cost of living in a sentence
Move to “chained CPI” for cost-of-living increases in Social Security payments?
He was ready to tweak the cost-of-living formula for Social Security.Lessons From the Fiscal Cliff: the Political Fallout | Robert Shrum | January 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
You can debate which cost-of-living adjustment is more accurate, but there is nothing sacrosanct about any given metric.As GOP Sinks Plan B, Obama Should Tune Out His Own Party’s Doubters | Robert Shrum | December 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Frigging Florida labor laws meant that you had to give cost-of-living raises every year, and it added up.Makers | Cory Doctorow
The best cost-of-living news of the past year is that double-digit inflation of 12 percent or higher was cut almost in half.
Also, my Administration was the first to seek a cost-of-living increase for the recipients of VA compensation every year.
Next year, tax rates will be indexed so inflation can't push people into higher brackets when they get cost-of-living pay raises.
In all, he had mediated thirty-two strikes, sat on two arbitration boards, made three cost-of-living surveys for the Government.An American Idyll | Cornelia Stratton Parker
British Dictionary definitions for cost of living
the basic cost of the food, clothing, shelter, and fuel necessary to maintain life, esp at a standard regarded as basic or minimal
(as modifier): the cost-of-living index
the average expenditure of a person or family in a given period
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Cultural definitions for cost of living
The average cost of the basic necessities of life, including food, shelter, and clothing.
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