line item

noun

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

Examples of line item in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, neither the House nor the Senate included any money under this line item in the budgets each passed earlier this year. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 27 June 2024 The reductions included the elimination of 22.2 full-time equivalent positions along with numerous line items such as summer programs — not including high school credit recovery — to lower expenses by $7.6 million. Matt Hubbard, Baltimore Sun, 13 June 2024 Similarly, Russell and Lamont’s staffs estimate the early retirement of more than $500 million in transportation funds will slow the growth of the STF debt service line item by about $60 million within two years. Keith M. Phaneuf, Hartford Courant, 9 Mar. 2024 Some line items were provided for nominal prices or even free, in the case of optician services, for $0 per hour. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for line item 

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of line item was in 1962

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“Line item.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/line%20item. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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