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cost of living

1. The average cost of the basic necessities of life, such as food, shelter, and clothing.
2. The cost of basic necessities as defined by an accepted standard.

cost′-of-liv′ing adj.


[ˌkɒstəvˈlɪvɪŋ] adj cost-of-living allowanceindennità f inv di contingenza
cost-of-living index → indice m del costo della vita
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There is no fear of the government's retreating from payment of the cost-of-living allowance.
today issued the following statement regarding the announcement that federal retirees and Social Security recipients will see no cost-of-living adjustment in January:
5 percent raises to county government's approximately 200 nonunion employees - the first across-the-board cost-of-living increase for those workers, most of them managers and supervisors, since 2008.
THE human cost of the government-induced cost-of-living crisis is seen most starkly in people's changing diets and the impact on people's health.
Summary: JEDDAH: Foreign workers contracted by various government bodies will by paid the 15 percent cost-of-living allowance on equal footing with their Saudi colleagues, local daily Al-Watan reported Friday, citing the Ministry of Finance.
Some observers have questioned whether the federal aid formula appropriately accounts for geographic cost-of-living differences.
Recently, Triplett (2001, F331) had strongly contended that "the theory of the cost-of-living index does provide the underlying conceptual rationale for constructing a practical CPI.
Summary: The cost-of-living index of July has risen by 5.
TBRB is offering, on a trial basis, a new web-based cost-of-living calculator.
He cited increased cost-of-living expenses, especially the meteoric rise in fuel costs, as among the factors that make a minimum-wage increase a necessity.
With subsequent cost-of-living increases, Congress sought to provide 85 percent of the average cost of a new automobile, and later 80 percent.
For most limitations, the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment.