be, become, prove
extremely, fairly, very, etc.
especially, particularly

The candidate's mistake proved embarrassing and politically costly.


The six-month delay will be costly for the company.


This process is costly in computer time.

in terms of

These teaching methods are too costly in terms of staff resources.


These measures could be costly to employers.

Costly is used with these nouns: ↑delay, ↑disaster, ↑exercise, ↑failure, ↑litigation, ↑mistake, ↑repair, ↑undertaking, ↑venture

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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