slid'ing scale'

1. a variable scale, esp. of industrial costs, as wages, that may be adapted to changes in demand.
2. a wage scale varying with the selling price of goods produced, the cost of living, or profits.
3. a price scale, as of medical fees, in which prices vary according to the ability of individuals to pay.
4. a tariff scale varying according to changing prices.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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