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  • Absolutely imperative. Sparing no effort.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. regardless of the cost involved


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  • Only Apollodorus and her palace eunuchs were let into the secret, which had to be kept at all costs from Caesarion; he would never approve.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • As soon as he heard this Captain Argall saw at once that here was a means of forcing the Powhatan to make peace, and he resolved at all costs to get possession of Pocahontas.

    This Country of Ours: The Story of the United States

  • Abdul Aziz predicted that the British policy of holding together the Ottoman Empire at all costs would keep Ismail from full independence.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • She saw that at all costs she must keep Mrs. Peniston’s favour till, as Mrs. Bart would have phrased it, she could stand on her own legs.

    The House of Mirth

  • She was determined that he would keep his rightful place as Philip’s heir at all costs and worked tirelessly to that end.

    Alexander the Great

  • The area around Stolpce had to be held at all costs to keep open the crossings over the Beresina for the German Fourth Army, which was still on the east side of the river.

    Panzer Aces


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