at all costs (= "by all means")
The total cost of the new complex was an estimated $1.5 million.
We have to cut costs if we want to avoid bankruptcy.
The average cost of a new house is twice as much as t was 20 years ago.
There were many costs to the development project, the least of all was the financial aspect.
If you train all the time, there will be a few costs such as a lack of free time.
This shirt cost $50, while this was cheaper at only $30.
It will cost you a lot of money to take a trip around the world.
Trying to rescue the man from the burning building cost them their lives.
Id cost the repair work at a few thousand.pay
he paid him to clean the place up; he paid her off the books and in kind where possible
she offered to pay the bill; he has paid his debt to society
It didnt pay him to keep the store open any more.
to pay attention
crime doesn’t pay; it will pay to wait
He was allowed to go as soon as he paid.
He paid for his fun in the sun with a terrible sunburn.
Many employers have rules designed to keep employees from comparing their pays.
pay toiletcheck out
Be sure to check out of the hotel before noon.
Im done shopping, so Ill go check out now.
He checked his favorite mystery out for the twenty-third time.
The desk clerk checked out the family that had been staying in room 322.
The library assistant was checking people out.
He was hanging out at the beach, checking out the young women in bikinis.
He checked out the rumor, and managed to verify that it was true.
Check it out! Best prices in town.
Check this out! They just arrested the Mayor!
When youre there, check out the Cheddar Cheese Museum! Its a hoot!
Check us out on the Web at http://en.wiktionary.org!
The first two leads check out; Ill assume the third one is also valid.
Their stories checked out.disbursefoot
A spider has eight feet.
Southern Italy is shaped like a foot.
We went there by foot because we could not afford a taxi.
There is a lot of foot traffic on this street.
Ill meet you at the foot of the stairs.
We came and stood at the foot of the bed.
The host should sit at the foot of the table.
The feet of the stove hold it a safe distance above the floor.
The flag pole at the local high school is about 20 feet high.
King John went to battle with ten thousand foot and one thousand horse.
To make the mainsail fuller in shape, the outhaul is eased to reduce the tension on the foot of the sail.
to foot the green
to foot (or foot up) an accountfray
Though they did not know the reason for the dispute, they did not hesitate to leap into the fray.
The ribbon frayed at the cut end.
The stressful day ended in frayed nerves. (Metaphorical use; nerves are visualised as strings)pay back
He paid her back with interest.
He paid back all the money he owed her.
He paid them back for their conniving.pay outpick up
When you pick up the bag, make sure to support the bottom.
Can you pick up a pint of milk on your way home?
Arent you going to pick up after yourself?
Ill pick you up outside the library.
The cops have picked up the man they were looking for.
Prices seem to be picking up again. I was in bed sick this morning, but Im picking up now.
Lets pick up where we left off yesterday.
It looks complicated, but youll soon pick it up.
With the new antenna, I can pick up stations all the way from Omaha.
Did you pick up his nervousness? Did you pick up on his nervousness?
Shes always picking me up on my grammar.
Im calling him, but he just isnt picking up!
The company will pick up lunch with customers for sales calls.run
Run, Sarah, run!
I have been running all over the building looking for him.
Ill just run the vacuum cleaner over the carpet.
Im not ready to run a marathon.
He is running an expensive campaign.
When hes broke, he runs to me for money.
The flu is running through my daughters kindergarten.
Theres blood running down your leg.
Why is the hose still running?
Run the tap until the water gets hot.
He discovered during washing that the red rug ran on his white sheet, staining it pink.
to run bullets
run a red light or stop sign; run a blockade
She runs the fundraising.
Were trying to find somebody to run against him next year.
The Green Party is running twenty candidates in this election.
to run through life; to run in a circle
The latest Robin Williams movie is running at the Silver City theatre.
run a story; run an ad
Please run this report upstairs to directors office.
to run guns; to run rum
Looks like were gonna have to run the tomatoes again.
The leash runs along a wire.
The contract runs through 2008.
I need to run this wire along the wall.
That computer runs twenty-four hours a day.
Dont run the engine so fast.
Our coach had us running plays for the whole practice.
to run from one subject to another
They frequently overspent and soon ran into debt.
Laptops run about a thousand dollars apiece.
My stocking is running.
to run a sword into or through the body; to run a nail into ones foot
to run a line
to run the risk of losing ones life
Every three or four hands he would run the table.
Boys and girls run up rapidly.
Certain covenants run with the land.
I just got back from my morning run.
I need to make a run to the store.
Lets go for a run in the car.
The bus on the Cherry Street run is always crowded.
Which run did you do today?
a good run; a run of fifty miles
a run to China
He set up a rabbit run.
I’m having a run of bad luck.
He went to Las Vegas and spent all his money over a three-day run.
The data got lost, so Ill have to perform another run of the experiment.
The constant run of water from the faucet annoys me.
a run of must in wine-making
the first run of sap in a maple orchard
The military campaign near that creek was known as "The battle of Bull Run".
The book’s initial press run will be 5,000 copies.
Yesterday we did a run of 12,000 units.
The run of the show lasted two weeks, and we sold out every night.
It is the last week of our French cinema run.
He broke into a run.
Financial insecurity led to a run on the banks, as customers feared for the security of their savings.
There was a run on Christmas presents.
He stood out from the usual run of applicants.
He can have the run of the house.
I have a run in my stocking.
This was my first successful run without losing any health.
Put some run butter on the vegetables.