at all costs


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cost

 (kôst)
n.
1. An amount paid or required in payment for a purchase; a price.
2. The expenditure of something, such as time or labor, necessary for the attainment of a goal: "Freedom to advocate unpopular causes does not require that such advocacy be without cost" (Milton Friedman).
3. costs Law Charges incurred in bringing litigation, including court fees and charges that may be payable by the losing party, but usually not including attorneys' fees.
v. cost, cost·ing, costs
v.intr.
To require a specified payment, expenditure, effort, or loss: It costs more to live in the city.
v.tr.
1. To have as a price.
2. To cause to lose, suffer, or sacrifice: Participating in the strike cost me my job.
3. past tense and past participle costed To estimate or determine the cost of: The accountants costed out our expenses.
Idiom:
at all costs
Regardless of the expense or effort involved; by any means.

[Middle English, from Old French, from coster, to cost, from Latin cōnstāre, to be fixed, cost; see constant.]

cost′less adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.at all costs - regardless of the cost involvedat all costs - regardless of the cost involved; "he wanted to save her life at all cost"
Translations
بأي ثَمنِ كان، مهما كلَّف الأمْـر
za každou cenu
for enhver pris
fyrir alla muni
ne pahasına olusa olsun

cost

(kost) past tense past participle cost verb
1. to be obtainable at a certain price. This jacket costs 75 dollars; The victory cost two thousand lives.
2. (past tense, past participle ˈcosted) to estimate the cost of (a future project). The caterer costed the reception at three hundred dollars.
noun
the price to be paid (for something). What is the cost of this coat?
ˈcostly adjective
costing much. a costly wedding-dress.
ˈcostliness noun
costs noun plural
the expenses of a legal case. He won his case and was awarded costs of $500.
at all costs
no matter what the cost or outcome may be. We must prevent disaster at all costs.
References in classic literature ?
We must not, therefore, at all costs keep to the received legends, which are the usual subjects of Tragedy.