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Price paid for company's time? (4)

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I believe the answer is:

cost

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'price paid' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'company's time?' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite understand how this works, but
'company's' could be 'cos' (abbreviation) and 'cos' is present in the answer.
'time?' could be 't' (abbreviation) and 't' is found within the answer.
No letters remain.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

'for' is the link.

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(Other definitions for cost that I've seen before include "Outlay required to buy" , "estimate price" , "Fee" , "Amount required as payment" , "Charge" .)

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