at the cost of
Definition of at the cost of
: by giving up or hurting (something else) She completed the project on time but at the cost of her health.
Word by Word Definitions
: the amount or equivalent paid or charged for something : price
: the outlay or expenditure (as of effort or sacrifice) made to achieve an object
: loss or penalty incurred especially in gaining something
: to require expenditure or payment
: to require effort, suffering, or loss
: to have a price of
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