Meaning of “sliding scale” in the English Dictionary

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"sliding scale" in British English

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(Definition of “sliding scale” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sliding scale" in Business English

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sliding scalenoun [ C, usually singular ]


a system for deciding payments or rates so that they change in relation to particular conditions:

He is considering a sliding scale of fees for wealthier families based on their income.
on a sliding scale Large gifts of capital are taxed on a sliding scale if you die within seven years of giving.

(Definition of “sliding scale” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)