44 Metaphors for costes
"As a matter of fact, the costs are no affair of mine.
The pendulum spring of a watch, which governs the vibrations of the balance, costs at the retail price twopence, and weighs fifteen one-hundredths of a grain, whilst the retail price of a pound of the best iron, the raw material out of which fifty thousand such springs are made, is exactly the sum of twopence.
The expenses of keeping in repair, interest, etc., summed up, show that the cost per day of 10 hours is 47.9 francs for the steam engine and 39.6 for the gas motor, say a saving of 8.3 francs per day, or about 2,500 francs for a year of 300 days' work.
But cost of production is the chief factor which, in the case of commodities, ultimately determines the conditions of supply.
Indeed where all were compelled to communicate thrice yearly the cost of wine was a very serious item.
This is the real cost of which rent is the money measure, and generally speaking an accurate measure at the margin of transference between one occupation and another.
The cost was only eight shillings, but the boy then got an idea for the first time of the value of learning.
This heterogeneous tripartite army is exceedingly expensive, its cost during the current year being, according to the Estimates, very little less than 29 millions, the cost of the personnel being 23-1/2 millions, that of matériel being 4 millions, and that of administration 1/2 millions.
As things are, of course, a ball-dress, or a motor-car costs more to produce than a loaf of bread or a packet of salt; and the common-sense explanation of the paradox seems, therefore, to be that the cost of production is a more weighty influence than the usefulness, or utility, as we will henceforth call it (so as to include the satisfaction we derive from not strictly useful things).
The cost of labor in the sweated industries is a small fraction of the manufacturing cost.
Another overhead cost which plays havoc with civilized nations and peoples is the support of a bureaucracy.
THE COST OF TURTLE SOUP.This is the most expensive soup brought to table.
Costs are an unmitigable atrocity.
The cost of a firman, including backsheesh to the priests and doorkeepers, is 700 piastres (about $33).
"Including the value of the food we begged, the cost of living was just about two annas a day for each of us.
Moving a further Vote of Credit for 400 millions, he disclosed the fact that the daily cost of the War was nearer six than five millions.
The cost of railroad transport will probably never be so low as carriage by water,that is, natural water-communication; because the river or ocean is given to man complete and ready for use, needing no repairs, and with no interest to pay upon construction capital.
They murderously and swiftly pressed the attack in the front as well as on the sides; and the cost of victory was seven or eight thousand casualties.
" The more common cost of decent living in our Eastern cities is: Rent...............................$1000 to $1500 Meals.............................. 1200 " 1400 Clothing........................... 500 " 700 Incidentals........................ 300 " 600 Savings, nil. - - Total..............................$3000 to $4000
The cost of steam vessels of the size mentioned would be about 20,000 pounds, if built of wood, and 16,000 pounds, if of iron; and the annual expense of running one would be between 3,000 and 4000 pounds.) (**Footnote.
Some years ago the cost of a silk dress was about half what it is now,not because the price of silk has increased, but because a much larger quantity is required.
Its difficulties disappear when we realize clearly that the real cost of anything is the curtailment of the supply of other useful things, which the production of that particular thing entails. §2.
But the problems would have been easier to handle, if the public generally were a little less disposed to think in terms of averages, and a little more in terms of margins, if we all of us instinctively realized that the cost that really matters is the cost at which additional production is profitable under the conditions ruling at the time, or in the immediate future.
It was estimated that the cost of the church would be 1000 pounds, which Mr. Becconsall willingly agreed to pay; but religion has no aegis against "extras"they will creep in, are irrepressible; and, in accordance with this fatal philosophy, the church in Avenham-road cost in the end nearly 2000 pounds, which he paid without even grumblinga privilege all Englishmen have the right to exercise freely after they have paid the piper well.
"Signore, its cost was a hundred doppie of pure gold and full weight, and it is contracted for with a young noble of Milano, who hopes to win his mistress by the present, for a profit of fifty.