at the expense of
- at the expense of1. To the cost or detriment of (often at someone's expense)2. With the loss or sacrifice of• • •Main Entry: ↑expend
* * *so as to cause harm to or neglect of
the pursuit of profit at the expense of the environment | language courses that emphasize communication skills at the expense of literature
* * *at the expense of: in a way that harms (something or someone)
Malls flourished at the expense of small stores downtown.
She acquired power at the expense of friendships.
He argues that the tax cut will benefit the rich at the expense of the poor.• • •Main Entry: ↑expense
Useful english dictionary. 2012.
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at the expense of — (something) with the loss of something. Time is spent preparing students for state tests at the expense of other, important instruction … New idioms dictionary
at the expense of — ► at the expense of 1) paid for by. 2) to the detriment of. Main Entry: ↑expense … English terms dictionary
damn the expense — damn the consequences, expense, etc. idiom (informal) used to say that you are going to do sth even though you know it may be expensive, have bad results, etc. • Let s celebrate and damn the expense! Main entry: ↑damnidiom … Useful english dictionary
bear the expense — I verb bear the cost, compensate, defray, defray expenses, defray the cost, discharge, expend, give money, incur costs, incur expenses, indemnify, make compensation, make expenditure, make payment, make restitution, meet the bill, outlay, pay an… … Law dictionary
at the expense of — idi at the sacrifice of; to the detriment of: quantity at the expense of quality[/ex] … From formal English to slang
bear the expense of — index disburse (pay out), expend (disburse) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
meet the expense of — index disburse (pay out), expend (disburse) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
support the expense of — index disburse (pay out), expend (disburse) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
undergo the expense of — index disburse (pay out) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
bear the expense — bear the cost/expense etc phrase to pay for something companies with enough money to bear the enormous expense of testing a new drug Thesaurus: to spend or to pay moneysynonym Main entry: bear … Useful english dictionary