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flat cost meaning

  "flat cost" in a sentence
  • [Architecture]

    The cost of materials and labor without overhead or profit.

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  1. Others in the industry assert that, whatever the problems of managed care, it is still the cheapest and most efficient means of delivering health care and that the increases are overdue after five years of virtually flat costs.
  2. With hospital and physician costs starting to rise after several years of flat costs or only tiny increases, some skeptics even question whether the gatekeepers and other management techniques of HMOs really deserve credit for keeping inflation in check.
  3. In many rental markets, the monthly rent for a two-or three-bedroom apartment is proportionately less per bedroom than the rent for a one-bedroom apartment ( in other words, a three-bedroom flat costs more than a one-bedroom, but not three times as much ).
  4. One of the mysteries of " Seinfeld " ( not to mention " Friends, " its likely successor to the comedy-ratings crown, also set in New York and filmed in California ) is how people who do so little can afford such large apartments in Manhattan _ where a small two-bedroom flat costs $ 3, 000 a month and where middle-income families have been streaming out of the city.

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