The new constitution, however, proved costly and unworkable, and failed to satisfy either section of the population.
The quest was very costly and altogether fruitless.
The mistake is often made of sinking large and expensive shafts, or driving costly tunnels, before it is fully proved that the deposit can be worked on a scale to warrant such developments, and, indeed, too often before it is known that the deposit can be worked at all; and in too many cases large amounts of money are thus unnecessarily lost by over-sanguine mine managers.
When he heard that some men had come to Corinth with a very costly golden tripod, he had them brought before him.
The siege was long and costly; the army suffered severely; and only the tenacity of the tsar kept it in camp for six weeks.