Bill of costs
Cost Cost, n. [OF. cost, F. co[^u]t. See {Cost}, v. t. ] 1. The amount paid, charged, or engaged to be paid, for anything bought or taken in barter; charge; expense; hence, whatever, as labor, self-denial, suffering, etc., is requisite to secure benefit. [1913 Webster]

One day shall crown the alliance on 't so please you, Here at my house, and at my proper cost. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

At less cost of life than is often expended in a skirmish, [Charles V.] saved Europe from invasion. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

2. Loss of any kind; detriment; pain; suffering. [1913 Webster]

I know thy trains, Though dearly to my cost, thy gins and toils. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. pl. (Law) Expenses incurred in litigation. [1913 Webster]

Note: Costs in actions or suits are either between attorney and client, being what are payable in every case to the attorney or counsel by his client whether he ultimately succeed or not, or between party and party, being those which the law gives, or the court in its discretion decrees, to the prevailing, against the losing, party. [1913 Webster]

{Bill of costs}. See under {Bill}.

{Cost free}, without outlay or expense. ``Her duties being to talk French, and her privileges to live cost free and to gather scraps of knowledge.'' --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] ||


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  • bill of costs — see bill 3a Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. bill of costs …   Law dictionary

  • Bill of costs — Bill Bill, n. [OE. bill, bille, fr. LL. billa (or OF. bille), for L. bulla anything rounded, LL., seal, stamp, letter, edict, roll; cf. F. bille a ball, prob. fr. Ger.; cf. MHG. bickel, D. bikkel, dice. Cf. {Bull} papal edict, {Billet} a paper.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bill of costs — A bill of costs is an itemized list what expenses a prevailing party in a lawsuit or action needs to pay for services procured from a lawyer. It can have varying levels of detail, and should describe the nature of the work done by the lawyer for… …   Wikipedia

  • bill of costs — cost 4b * * * bill of costs An account of a solicitor s charges and outgoings in the conduct of the client s business • • • Main Entry: ↑bill * * * ˌbill of ˈcosts [bill of costs] noun ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • bill of costs — An itemized statement of costs and disbursements to be filed by the party entitled to costs and a copy thereof served upon the adverse party. 20 Am J1st Costs § 91 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • bill of costs — noun A statement of the items which form the total amount of the costs of a party to a suit or action …   Wiktionary

  • bill of costs — list of expenditures …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bill of costs — noun Brit. a solicitor s account of charges and expenses incurred …   English new terms dictionary

  • Bill of adventure — Bill Bill, n. [OE. bill, bille, fr. LL. billa (or OF. bille), for L. bulla anything rounded, LL., seal, stamp, letter, edict, roll; cf. F. bille a ball, prob. fr. Ger.; cf. MHG. bickel, D. bikkel, dice. Cf. {Bull} papal edict, {Billet} a paper.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bill of credit — Bill Bill, n. [OE. bill, bille, fr. LL. billa (or OF. bille), for L. bulla anything rounded, LL., seal, stamp, letter, edict, roll; cf. F. bille a ball, prob. fr. Ger.; cf. MHG. bickel, D. bikkel, dice. Cf. {Bull} papal edict, {Billet} a paper.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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