cost center

any unit of activity, group of employees or machines, line of products, etc., isolated or arranged in order to allocate and assign costs more easily. Unabridged
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The labor cost is determined by multiplying the time spent at each operation by
  the charge rate for that cost center.
Fuel prices weren't the only rising cost center for the company.
Even in prosperous times, many administrations have treated the faculty chiefly
  as a cost center.
In fact, the legacy network of copper wires they service is rapidly turning
  into a cost center rather than a source of profits.
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