the overhead (US), the overheads (UK): the necessary costs, the general expenses noun
The overhead of last year's ad campaign was too much. The amount of money spent on the campaign in general was too much.

UK: The company's overheads are surprisingly reasonable.
US: The marketing department's overhead is enormous.
  • "Delavigne Corp's overhead is high enough as it is."
  • "I hope you aren't planning on flying down to the Amazon... the overhead would be gargantuan!"
  • "I'm pleased that our overhead remains relatively low despite our progressive expansion."

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