at all costs

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Particularly: “Is this cost#Etymology 2 'amount of money spent for a purpose; negative consequence or loss' or cost#Etymology 3 'manner, means; quality, condition'?”

Prepositional phrase[edit]

at all costs

  1. Absolutely imperative; sparing no effort.
    We have to retain the majority at all costs.
    I have to avoid being late for work again at all costs, or I'll lose my job!