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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COSTING

We're costing these ladies pounds and pounds already to get work for us, and they never will.

I made a mistake then that went mighty near to costing me my life.

Some of them are expensive, costing sixty or seventy dollars each.

I am quite grieved at the weariness and fatigue my affairs are costing you.

On his return he broke his wagon, costing a dollar to repair it.

I know how much I care for you, and how much this effort is costing me.

Still, we rode Munipoor "tats" costing us from 50 rupees to 100.

I told him it was my money, and he was costing me more than I could ever cost him.

When I was well, he reproached me for costing him so much money.

An effort it was costing him, however, and one far from successful.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, from Old French cost (12c., Modern French coût) "cost, outlay, expenditure; hardship, trouble," from Vulgar Latin *costare, from Latin constare, literally "to stand at" (or with), with a wide range of figurative senses including "to cost." The idiom is the same one used in Modern English when someone says something "stands at X dollars" to mean it sells for X dollars. The Latin word is from com- "with" (see com-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

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