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cost the earth

To be exorbitant or burdensome in expense. A: "Your new car looks pretty slick!" B: "I should hope so, it cost the earth!" All these new taxes and service charges are going to cost the earth.
See also: cost, earth

cost (someone) dearly

To cause dire, harmful, or problematic consequences for someone, especially regarding a foolish action or a mistake. Drinking all night before his final exams is going to cost him dearly. That late penalty could cost them dearly, as it now puts their opponents within range to tie the game.
See also: cost, dearly

king's ransom

A very large sum of money. I've always wanted to vacation in Hawaii, but the plane tickets cost a king's ransom.
See also: ransom

at all costs

 and at any cost
Fig. regardless of the difficulty or cost; no matter what. I intend to have that car at all costs. Mary was going to get that job at any cost.
See also: all, cost

Civility costs nothing.

 and Courtesy costs nothing.
Prov. It never hurts you to be polite. Always greet people politely, no matter what you think of them. Civility costs nothing. Why not write Mildred a thank-you note? Courtesy costs nothing.
See also: cost, nothing

cost a pretty penny

 and cost an arm and a leg; cost the earth
Fig. to be expensive; to cost a lot of money. Mary's dress is real silk. It must have cost a pretty penny. Taking care of a fancy car like that can cost a pretty penny, let me tell you. It cost an arm and a leg, so I didn't buy it. A house that size with an ocean view must cost the earth!
See also: cost, penny, pretty

cost something out

to figure out the total cost of some set of costs or a complex purchase of goods or services. Give me a minute to cost this out, and I will have an estimate for you. Do you have time to cost out these specifications this week?
See also: cost, out

estimate the cost at

(some amount) to approximate the cost of something at a particular amount. I estimate the cost at about one hundred dollars. The cost of repairing the car was estimated at over four thousand dollars!
See also: cost, estimate

*king's ransom

Fig. a great deal of money. (To pay an amount as large as one might have to pay to get back a king held for ransom. *Typically: cost ~; pay ~; spend~.) I would like to buy a nice watch, but I don't want to pay a king's ransom for it. It's a lovely house. I bet it cost a king's ransom.
See also: ransom

at any cost

no matter how difficult at any price Even if I'm sure I am right, I will avoid an argument with most people at any cost.
Related vocabulary: at all costs
See also: any, cost

at all costs

no matter what dangers or difficulties are involved The country must defend its borders at all costs.
Related vocabulary: at any cost
See also: all, cost

cost a bomb

  (informal)
to be very expensive Strawberries cost a bomb at this time of year.
See also: bomb, cost

cost (somebody) an arm and a leg

  (informal)
to be very expensive These opera tickets cost us an arm and a leg!
See also: and, arm, cost, leg

cost (somebody) a pretty penny

to be very expensive That diamond ring must have cost him a pretty penny.
See also: cost, penny, pretty

cost somebody dear

if something that someone does, especially something stupid, costs them dear, it causes them a lot of problems Later that year he attacked a photographer, an incident that cost him dear.
See count the cost, and hang the cost
See also: cost, dear

at all costs

if something must be done or avoided at all costs, it must be done or avoided whatever happens The only other option is working on Saturdays which is something I want to avoid at all costs. He appears to have decided that he must stay in power at all costs.
See also: all, cost

count the cost

to start to understand how badly something has affected you I didn't read the contract fully before I signed it but I'm counting the cost now.
See also: cost, count

and hang the cost/expense

if you say that you will do or have something and hang the cost, you mean that you will spend whatever is necessary I thought for once in our lives let's treat ourselves really well and hang the cost.
See also: and, cost, hang

at all costs

Also, at any cost or price . Regardless of the expense or effort involved, by any means. For example, Ann told the doctor to preserve her mother's sight at all costs, or It seems the company plans to develop the product at any cost, or I'm determined to get vacation time at any price. [Mid-1800s]
See also: all, cost

at any cost

Also, at any price. See at all costs.
See also: any, cost

king's ransom

A huge sum of money, as in That handmade rug must have cost a king's ransom. This metaphoric expression originally referred to the sum required to release a king from captivity. [Late 1400s]
See also: ransom

at all costs

Regardless of the expense or effort involved; by any means.
See also: all, cost
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Si la diferencia de coste es casi la mitad a favor de la DP, y teniendo en cuenta el gran numero de pacientes que reciben tratamiento extrarenal en nuestro pais, cabe pensar que una medida dirigida hacia la sostenibilidad del sistema sanitario podria ser la inclusion de un mayor numero de pacientes en programas de dialisis peritoneal, teniendo en cuenta que la tasa de pacientes en tratamiento de DP es inferior al 5% (6).
Otras preguntas importantes a ser analizadas por las companias, mas alla de los costes implicados, son la calidad del trabajo y el tiempo demandados en estos esfuerzos por los profesionales dentro de la organizacion.
En algunos casos, paso de ser una "tercerizacion tradicional" que tuvo como objetivo solamente cortar costes y era concerniente a un proceso periferico de la compania (como los servicios de la limpieza o de la alimentacion, por ejemplo, que no exigian las capacidades especificas del proveedor) a una "tercerizacion estrategica", en la cual el objetivo era ganar la rapidez, la flexibilidad y la eficiencia (HSM Management, 2004, p.
6--los costes de la realizacion de un proceso entero de reclutamiento y de seleccion tienden a reducirse;
Para calcular el coste de un acto del contrato equivocado, primero fueron calculados los costes totales de un proceso del reclutamiento y seleccion para cubrir un puesto.
Notese que el coste final de un acto de contrato equivocado en las companias de la muestra es influenciado principalmente por los costes totales de cubrir un puesto.
6--El coste para dejar la posicion abierta o ejecutar sus funciones con caracter provisorio; y otros costes referentes a la admision y a la dimision de empleados.
Pero muchas companias, por no conocer los costes de sus procesos, toman decisiones equivocadas en relacion a esas inversiones, y tambien en relacion a las tercerizaciones.
Las contrataciones equivocadas, mas alla de causar costes mucho mas altos de lo que se imagina, dana la imagen y al clima organizacional de la compania.
Por otra parte, la investigacion muestra que aun cuando la contratacion resulte equivocada, es ventajosa financieramente para las companias de la muestra tercerizar las actividades de reclutamiento y seleccion de personas, por lo tanto, los costes totales son menores en este caso.
Se sabe que es necesario para las organizaciones invertir en calidad, reducir costes, ganar velocidad, innovar, conquistar nuevos mercados, conocer y fidelizar el cliente, y al final profesionalizarse.
542,31 Source: Own elaboration Chart 04: Average cost of wrong recruiting, when not outsourcing When it does outsource Simples U$/Presumtive Coste Contratacion U$ 813,12 U$ 985,26 Media sueldo.
Como consecuencia, el departamento de los Recursos Humanos, que antes era visto solamente como un coste, cambio el papel secundario que siempre jugo, por un papel estrategico, apoyado en el logro de los objetivos de largo plazo indicado por la compania.
La investigacion indica que el coste de un empleado que continua en la compania despues de su admision puede ser mucho mayor de lo que se imagina.
El actual estudio se prepone identificar algunos aspectos que todavia no son muy explorados de este tema y contribuir con algunas respuestas a estas preguntas, contemplando, dentro del universo de la administracion de Recursos Humanos, la medicion del coste medio de un acto contractual equivocado en veintiun companias de diversos portes y de los sectores diversos, que actuan en la region de Misiones (RS).