at a cost

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of at a cost

: by giving up something else
  • He had achieved fame, but at a cost; he'd lost many friends and no longer talked to anyone in his family.

Word by Word Definitions

cost play
  1. : the amount or equivalent paid or charged for something : price

  2. : the outlay or expenditure (as of effort or sacrifice) made to achieve an object

  3. : loss or penalty incurred especially in gaining something

  1. : to require expenditure or payment

  2. : to require effort, suffering, or loss

  3. : to have a price of


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