So much falsehood does it cost to obtain two apparent truths of tone.
Who could dream that she would pursue her pleasure at the cost of pain to the innocent?
To outwit them was his first thought, but he must defeat their ends if it cost him his life.
How much does it cost to build one of these houses, Mr. Frôler?
Such were his uttered thoughts, but it cost him little regret as he spoke them.
Polygamy of the second form above defined is limited by cost.
And that it cost them something this ensewing historie will declare.
You are trying to bear the burden of all—have you counted the cost?
It was the greatness of the prize at stake that justified the cost.
Why has the cost of living increased to the point of crushing the average consumer?
cost c.1200, from O.Fr. coster, from V.L. *costare, from L. constare "to stand at" (or with), from com- "with" + stare "to stand," from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). The idiom is the same one we use in Mod.E. when we say something "stands at X dollars" to mean it sells for X dollars. Cost effective (also cost effective) attested from 1967.