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cover costs

This page is about the collocation cover costs

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to make enough money to pay for costs like production, materials, labour, etc.

For example

  • Our shop can't even cover its costs, so we're going close it.

  • The movie wasn't popular, but at least it made enough to cover costs.

Note:
Related collocations include "cover expenses" and "cover losses"

Quick Quiz

If a show just covers costs, it

a. earns just enough to pay all its expenses

b. earns much more than it costs to produce

c. costs a little more to produce than it earns

Contributor: Matt Errey