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At a price vs At the price

at a price

1. bought or sold at a high cost; very expensive:

  • There’s fresh asparagus in the shops—at a price!

2. at the cost of much effort and sacrifice:

  • Such is his grip on the market, though it is one obtained at a price.

at the price

1. at the cost indicated:

  • Other wines difficult to beat at the price include three good dry whites from Hungary.

2. at the expense of smth.:

  • The issue will be whether the government will introduce the harsh measures at the price of its own popularity.