at a price


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at a price

1. For a fee (often an expensive one). In the big city, you can get anything you want—at a price.
2. With negative consequences. Freedom of speech came at a price for those protestors, as the crowd responded to them violently.
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at a price

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1. If something can be obtained at a price, it is available but you have to pay for it, often a lot of money. Guests can always find a meal of sorts in the hotel restaurant, but at a price. It came as no surprise that this individual was willing to betray his master at a price.
2. If you get something you want at a price, you get it but you have to accept something unpleasant as well. He began to realise that fame comes at a price.
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