cost of living

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cost of living (plural costs of living)

  1. The average cost of a standard set of basic necessities of life, especially of food, shelter and clothing.
    • 2013 June 18, Simon Romero, "Protests Widen as Brazilians Chide Leaders," New York Times (retrieved 21 June 2013):
      But the demonstrators remained defiant, pouring into the streets by the thousands and venting their anger over political corruption, the high cost of living and huge public spending for the World Cup and the Olympics.