line item

noun

Definition of line item

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

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

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In 1847 Congress authorized the Treasury to pay interest due on the national debt without a specific line item in the budget. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "Why We Have So Many Shutdowns," 16 Jan. 2019 But the two line items do seem to have a moderating effect on each other that has lessened the blow of the tariff. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump’s solar tariff isn’t hurting the industry as much as everyone expected," 13 Sep. 2018 Go through it very carefully and review each line item. Scot Meacham Wood, House Beautiful, "Your Pre-Renovation Checklist," 2 Feb. 2015 The current $270,000 NWHL team salary cap is less than half the minimum wage a single NHL player makes; a budget line item in Bettman’s league. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Women’s pro hockey leagues should merge — then put a team in Seattle," 22 Oct. 2018 The new form eliminates more than half of the 78 line items from the previous form, reducing it from two full pages of text to one double-sided half page. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Navarro stems stock sell-off by discounting trade war," 26 June 2018 But the switch doesn't put a dent in districts' largest line item: teacher pay and benefits. Sophie Quinton, Anchorage Daily News, "Why more school districts are holding class just 4 days a week," 22 Apr. 2018 The new form eliminates more than half of the 78 line items from the previous form, reducing it from two full pages of text to one double-sided half page. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Navarro stems stock sell-off by discounting trade war," 26 June 2018 The new form eliminates more than half of the 78 line items from the previous form, reducing it from two full pages of text to one double-sided half page. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Navarro stems stock sell-off by discounting trade war," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of line item

1962, in the meaning defined above

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