line item


Definition of line item

: an appropriation that is itemized on a separate line in a budget

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Other Words from line item

line-item \ ˈlīn-​ˈī-​təm How to pronounce line-item (audio) \ adjective

Examples of line item in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As schools exhaust the possibilities of trims around the margins, what is left, administrators say, is payroll, typically the largest line item in higher education. Shawn Hubler, New York Times, "Colleges Slash Budgets in the Pandemic, With ‘Nothing Off-Limits’," 26 Oct. 2020 Earlier this year, Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero locked horns with some school board members over a $53 million line item in the revised bond proposal. oregonlive, "Portland Public Schools asks voters for $1.2 billion to remodel Jefferson High, expand curriculum and tech access: Election 2020 preview," 7 Oct. 2020 Brown has since taken a line item veto to those cuts to save funds for forest and state police resources. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Oregon state revenue looking up as financial fallout from wildfires weighs on job market," 24 Sep. 2020 But cutting that line item, known as the base student allocation, faces a different obstacle in the form of a constitutional requirement that Alaska maintain a system of schools open to all children. Author: Nat Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska legislative candidates promise painless budget cuts, but experts are skeptical," 9 Oct. 2020 Likewise, council member Sue Finkam worried that if that line item was cut the city would miss opportunities. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "Brainard asks for mental health coordinator, new police officers in conservative Carmel budget," 18 Sep. 2020 The council approves the annual city budget in December, after meeting with each department to review every line item in detail to establish a set budget. Alex Golden, Arkansas Online, "Two compete for Rogers City Council spot," 17 Sep. 2020 This is a practical line item that should be discussed with parties from all sides of the road. Robert Morast,, "Throughline readers weigh in on the Bay Area’s post-pandemic future," 6 Sep. 2020 But Kennedy argues the issue is bigger than a budget line item and should have been treated as an amendment to the library agreement, which would require approval from all four communities. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Glendale has decided to withdraw from the North Shore Library in 2023 over funding disagreements," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of line item

1962, in the meaning defined above

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6 Nov 2020

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“Line item.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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