consumer unit

Main Entry:  consumer unit
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a box of electrical fuses or breakers, usually arranged in a single row
Example:  A consumer unit fitted with just fuses is often referred to as a "fuse box".
Etymology:  by 1960
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Main Entry:  consumer unit
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a household or other group considered to be an economic unit; an entity that makes spending decisions
Example:  Average annual expenditures per consumer unit, which is similar to a household, rose 2.6 percent in 2007 following an increase of 4.3 percent in 2006.
Etymology:  by 1935
Main Entry:  consumer unit
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a department within a corporation or government agency concerned with consumer practices and affairs
Example:  He was hired to run the computer maker's new consumer unit.
Etymology:  by 1933
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