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an unnecessary expense/cost
▪ He thinks advertising is an unnecessary expense.
expense account
▪ I have an expense account and spend about £10,000 a year on entertaining.
funeral expenses/costs
incur expenses/costs/losses/debts etc
▪ If the council loses the appeal, it will incur all the legal costs.
▪ the heavy losses incurred by airlines since September 11th
out-of-pocket expenses
travel expenses/costs
▪ They offered to pay my travel expenses.
▪ It never breaks down, doesn't need a battery, and there is no additional expense once you own it.
▪ Equipment could be located at any of the existing restaurants without serious dislocation or additional expense.
▪ There are a number of other possibilities, if you are willing to incur the additional expense.
▪ I do not complain about that so far as he is concerned because no doubt it would be an additional and unnecessary expense for him.
▪ Certainly he incurs no additional cost or expense.
▪ A solution custom-built, as considerable expense, promptly out-dated by technology.
▪ The Peace Corps goes to considerable expense to provide training programs involving the best qualified lecturers available.
▪ When it is demolished it is lost for good and can only be duplicated at considerable expense.
▪ Even new-media producers concede there is considerable expense and technical expertise needed to surf the Internet.
▪ Yet, the practitioner manages to deal with the problem albeit at considerable expense.
▪ The training plan Considerable effort and expense were employed in providing information and training to help boards get established.
▪ The polytechnic was busily being renamed, and at considerable expense, when the new name was suddenly dropped.
▪ On the Maidenhead side, it would mean considerable expense and demolition of properties - it would be much more expensive.
▪ It can't even be given away, so it ends up being stored at enormous expense on even more land.
▪ Before the conversion of Granby House, it was not clear how this could be done without incurring enormous expense.
▪ The first way is best but involves the extra expense of a gearbox.
▪ The extra expense would amount to $ 112, 320 a year in added fuel costs.
▪ It is certainly worth the extra expense of paying their fees and hotel costs.
▪ That means many gourmet coffee shops more than covered the extra expense with their retail price increases.
▪ The hydroelectric scheme may involve the potash industry in an extra expense.
▪ Mauve proposed his name for membership of the Pulchri Art Club, where Vincent could draw the models available without extra expense.
▪ Abbey National has woken up to the extra expense that a remortgage brings and is offering £200 towards legal fees on completion.
▪ And his small capital was draining away with the extra expense of Amy, Timmy and even the cats.
▪ And often at great expense to ourselves.
▪ If so, it would have to be removed professionally at great expense.
▪ Too much of it, however, is thoughtlessly neglected or replaced, often at great expense.
▪ It took nearly 18 years, thousands of hours and great expense for authorities to arrest a suspect in the Unabomber case.
▪ The idea is to set to work without great expense and elaborate machinery, or under primitive conditions.
▪ I immediately had copies made at great expense because it was typewritten on onionskin paper in the 1940s.
▪ Were the qualities found in a producer so rare that they could be purchased only at great expense?
▪ For knowledge comes slowly, and when it comes, it is often at great personal expense.
▪ Even fee-paying pupils could, if parental circumstances entitled them, receive full or partial remission of fees at the public expense.
▪ The federal government obligingly constructed logging roads into the wildernesses at public expense to accommodate the trucks and men and machinery.
▪ For years governments have let scientists pursue the defenceless boson at public expense.
▪ The specter that has haunted the economist has been the monopoly seeking extortionate gains at the public expense.
▪ Such issues should, as currently occurs in most tax cases, always be litigated at the public expense.
▪ In fact, without the system that allowed presidents to amass a personal fortune at public expense, they may need to.
▪ Poor people can stand being poor but not if some one else is getting rich at their expense.
▪ The banding system and property valuations are devised deliberately to protect the rich at the expense of the rest.
▪ It will be reluctant to propose a law to make banks £500m richer at the expense of local taxpayers.
▪ Although inequality has increased, the economic gains have not generally been by the rich at the expense of the poor.
▪ Why go further, especially if it will benefit only the rich at the expense of everyone else?
▪ Parking where you have done seems a rather unnecessary expense, doesn't it?
▪ In such cases, the X-ray leads to unnecessary discomfort, expense and emotional distress.
▪ I do not complain about that so far as he is concerned because no doubt it would be an additional and unnecessary expense for him.
▪ We feel that this is a very unnecessary expense and would be very time consuming for us to calculate.
▪ Misunderstanding and confusion are rife sometimes causing unnecessary damage or expense, personal injury or even death.
▪ But objectors say the loo is an unnecessary expense.
▪ Most men consider them an unnecessary expense, if they consider them at all; contraception is a women's issue.
▪ This can save time, worry and unnecessary expense for your family.
▪ Unfortunately some solutions rely on structural changes for effect, but these don't always have to involve vast expense.
▪ East Berlin is being rebuilt and restored at vast expense as a full-scale capital and show-window.
▪ The vast expense of the prison system has led to the development of various non-custodial alternatives.
▪ The Royals seem to use the royal yacht purely for privileged leisure cruising - at our vast expense.
▪ The benefits considered least important were the amount of holiday and an expense account.
▪ See if you can put it on an expense account.
▪ So they can come with time off work and probably on an expense account, even to a far-flung location.
▪ Things have also changed for the employee who receives an expense account.
▪ They will hit the top earner, the energy-guzzler, the expense account holder, harder than anyone.
▪ You gain a whole new sense of financial responsibility the moment you leave the corporate expense account behind.
▪ This can therefore be treated as a withdrawal rather than a business expense.
▪ If adjusted gross income is high enough, large amounts of business expense deductions will be lost under this 2 percent formula.
▪ Charging an expense on a company credit card does not automatically make it a bona fide business expense.
▪ This total is then divided by interest expense to obtain the times interest earned ratio.
▪ Next comes the interest expense account.
▪ Finally, interest expense on the long-term bank loan is payable quarterly at the rate of 12 percent per year.
▪ The company stands to save at least $ 13 million a year in interest expense by replacing higher-cost debt.
▪ Lease payments are treated partially as interest expense and partly as amortization of the capital-lease liability.
▪ Employee expenses declined to 50. 2 percent of revenue after interest expense from 52. 3 percent a year ago.
▪ Of course our cost reductions are not being achieved at the expense of quality in our building standards.
▪ It was equally important to outshine everyone else around me - in other words, to achieve at the expense of others.
▪ All this had been achieved at the expense of the Liberal Party which had monopolized all three areas before 1910.
▪ In 1966 Denis Healey.: Military strength is of little value if it is achieved at the expense of economic health.
▪ All the great middle-class moral reforms of the age had been achieved at the expense of pleasure and enjoyment.
▪ A major new endowment for Gloucester could only be achieved at the expense of existing interests, and this was politically unacceptable.
▪ For example, helping one client obtain a council tenancy may be achieved at the expense of others on the list.
▪ These positive aspects of the Michigan law may, however, have been achieved at the expense of simplicity.
▪ It is very important that the condition be recognised soas to avoid the expense and trouble of investigations and multiple consultant referrals.
▪ Whenever they can avoid the expense and trouble of employing a person by investing in another robot they do so.
▪ Of course, Vincent explained to Theo, he could avoid the expense of models and use his imagination.
▪ They avoid the expense of large cabinets and wind and vibration problems are completely eliminated.
▪ Slaves and their owners have obvious conflicts of interest, as one gains at the expense of the other.
▪ The specter that has haunted the economist has been the monopoly seeking extortionate gains at the public expense.
▪ As in the Reich, it seems that they had gained votes at the expense of the middle-class Centre Party.
▪ Logical coherence has been gained at the expense of empirical relevance.
▪ This creates a fundamental conflict of interest between social groups since one gains at the expense of another.
▪ We are made to share his view, and with it his plans and hopes to gain at the expense of good.
▪ There are a number of other possibilities, if you are willing to incur the additional expense.
▪ Before the conversion of Granby House, it was not clear how this could be done without incurring enormous expense.
▪ Provided that it is reasonable to incur the particular expense, however, it is immaterial that the expense may be very large.
▪ If you are in any doubt about your entitlement then you should consult your line manager before you incur any expense.
▪ She was deemed to have incurred the expense of the journey and was charged interest on her travel costs.
▪ But the results justify the expense.
▪ I don't see how we could justify the expense of it.
▪ It is doubtful, though, that clarity of signal alone would justify the expense of making the mobile-phone network digital.
▪ Another good feature was the sponsored breakfasts each morning at 7am: they saved delegates expense and guaranteed a good turn out.
▪ It was too big for her to look after alone, and it would save him the expense of renting a flat.
▪ Only those who really want it would buy it, saving you expense.
▪ A few parents are having their children circumcised in hospital to save some time and expense.
▪ He turned well, however, and dived to save at the expense of a corner.
▪ That will save money and expense, but the question is, will it guarantee anything for the pensioners themselves?
▪ Mrs Grindlewood-Gryke had spared no expense to feed the multitude.
▪ Slopeside lodgings cost more, but often you are spared the expense of renting a car.
▪ He is totally dedicated to his calling, his art, and spares no expense to fulfil it.
▪ They spared no expense when the New York Public Library was built at the turn of the century.
▪ Officials can be spared their jet lag, and the taxpayer can be spared the expense of shuttling them around the world.
▪ We spared no expense in preparing ourselves for a long strike and the decertification of the unions.
▪ Branson spared no expense in getting Event off the ground.
buy sth at the cost/expense/price of sth
damn the consequences/expense/calories etc
▪ At the outset of our friendship it was always Brian who exploded and damn the consequences.
▪ Spurrier says whatever is on his always-racing mind, even in victory and figures damn the consequences.
defray costs/expenses
▪ And they allow boat owners the chance to defray costs by chartering out their vessels through the club.
▪ Donations are welcome to defray expenses.
▪ The price of the ticket has been kept low and it is necessary to run raffles to defray expenses.
living expenses
▪ Most of my paycheck just goes to living expenses.
▪ At present the county council pays his tuition fees and we pay his living expenses, which we can continue.
▪ But that money's for his work ... not for living expenses.
▪ Couples who register pledge to be jointly responsible for their basic living expenses.
▪ It gave us medical coverage and helped cover our living expenses.
▪ So after living expenses and charity there's not a lot left over.
▪ Then there is an estimate of how much was required or expended for his own personal and living expenses.
▪ They borrowed more money for living expenses, then the second mortgage of £16,000 from a company call Dorend.
meet a debt/cost/expense etc
▪ Barnardo's had to draw £1.7 million from its reserves to meet costs.
money/expense is no object
spare no expense/effort
▪ Branson spared no expense in getting Event off the ground.
▪ He is totally dedicated to his calling, his art, and spares no expense to fulfil it.
▪ It attracted more retail savings than even the government, which spares no effort to tap the market.
▪ Mrs Grindlewood-Gryke had spared no expense to feed the multitude.
▪ She was often ill, and Hubert spared no effort to make her well again.
▪ They spared no expense when the New York Public Library was built at the turn of the century.
▪ We spared no expense in preparing ourselves for a long strike and the decertification of the unions.
travelling expenses
▪ A training allowance and travelling expenses for the 16 weeks of the programme.
▪ His astronomical travelling expenses all but bankrupted the club, and his non-appearance at over half the games sapped team morale.
▪ It was held that he was not entitled to claim his travelling expenses from the advertiser.
▪ She was awarded £60 travelling expenses by the court.
▪ The clergy's travelling expenses are chargeable as extras.
▪ The company also paid travelling expenses for all employees following the move of their department for a six-month period.
▪ The full amount of excess travelling expenses can be reclaimed.
▪ The prize includes up to £500 travelling expenses for you and your party.
▪ As a practical matter, a receipt showing the amount of the expense is an absolute prerequisite to substantiating a travel expense.
▪ Gast decided to stick around at his own expense and film as much as he could with the fighters.
▪ I was educated at his expense and until I repay his investment, it is illegal to employ me directly.
▪ Or we could leave it up to the electricity generators to reduce the impact, at the expense of higher bills.
▪ The fateful words do not establish a trust in favour of him, but instead a trust at his expense in favour of another person.
▪ The problem is one of expense and effort in doing so, not the availability of the material.
▪ Thus the legal aid scheme permits those eligible to take the risk of litigation at the possible expense of the Fund.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Expense \Ex*pense"\, n. [L. expensa (sc. pecunia), or expensum, fr. expensus, p. p. of expendere. See Expend.]

  1. A spending or consuming; disbursement; expenditure.

    Husband nature's riches from expense.

  2. That which is expended, laid out, or consumed; cost; outlay; charge; -- sometimes with the notion of loss or damage to those on whom the expense falls; as, the expenses of war; an expense of time.

    Courting popularity at his party's expense.

  3. Loss. [Obs.]

    And moan the expense of many a vanished sight.

    Expense magazine (Mil.), a small magazine containing ammunition for immediate use.
    --H. L. Scott.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also formerly expence, late 14c., "action of spending or giving away, a laying out or expending," also "funds provided for expenses, expense money; damage or loss from any cause," from Anglo-French expense, Old French espense "money provided for expenses," from Late Latin expensa "disbursement, outlay, expense," noun use of neuter plural past participle of Latin expendere "to weigh out money, to pay down" (see expend).\n

\nLatin spensa also yielded Medieval Latin spe(n)sa, the sense of which specialized to "outlay for provisions," then "provisions, food" before it was borrowed into Old High German as spisa and became the root of German Speise "food," now mostly meaning prepared food, and speisen "to eat." Expense account is from 1872.


1909, from expense (n.). Related: Expensed; expensing.


n. 1 A spending or consuming. Often specifically an act of disburse or spending funds. 2 That which is expended, laid out, or consumed. Sometimes with the notion of loss or damage to those on whom the expense falls. 3 (context obsolete English) loss. vb. (context transitive English) To charge a cost against an expense account; to bill something to the company for which one works.

  1. n. amounts paid for goods and services that may be currently tax deductible (as opposed to capital expenditures) [syn: disbursal, disbursement]

  2. a detriment or sacrifice; "at the expense of"

  3. money spent to perform work and usually reimbursed by an employer; "he kept a careful record of his expenses at the meeting"

Expenses redirects here. For the row about members' expenses in the UK Parliament which started about May 2009, see United Kingdom Parliamentary expenses scandal.

In common usage, an expense or expenditure is an outflow of money to another person or group to pay for an item or service, or for a category of costs. For a tenant, rent is an expense. For students or parents, tuition is an expense. Buying food, clothing, furniture or an automobile is often referred to as an expense. An expense is a cost that is "paid" or "remitted", usually in exchange for something of value. Something that seems to cost a great deal is "expensive". Something that seems to cost little is "inexpensive". "Expenses of the table" are expenses of dining, refreshments, a feast, etc.

In accounting, expense has a very specific meaning. It is an outflow of cash or other valuable assets from a person or company to another person or company. This outflow of cash is generally one side of a trade for products or services that have equal or better current or future value to the buyer than to the seller. Technically, an expense is an event in which an asset is used up or a liability is incurred. In terms of the accounting equation, expenses reduce owners' equity. The International Accounting Standards Board defines expenses as

...decreases in economic benefits during the accounting period in the form of outflows or depletions of assets or incurrences of liabilities that result in decreases in equity, other than those relating to distributions to equity participants.

Usage examples of "expense".

SA Banish delivered all four of the Abies children into safety, including single-handedly saving the lives of the oldest and the youngest at the expense of his own.

And, lest the expense or trouble of a journey to court should discourage suitors, and make them acquiesce in the decision of the inferior judicatures, itinerant judges were afterwards established, who made their circuits throughout the kingdom, and tried all causes that were brought before them.

Berne, the strongest, pursued selfish policies of individual aggrandizement at the expense of their confederates.

I, who was already overwhelmed with distress, could bear this aggravation of misfortune and disgrace: I, who had always maintained the reputation of loyalty, which was acquired at the hazard of my life, and the expense of my blood.

It rather took the wind out of the stable-keeper, and set a most ammoniacal fellow, who stood playing with a currycomb, grinning at his expense.

If Chamberlain was right and honorable in appeasing Hitler in September 1938 by sacrificing Czechoslovakia, was Stalin wrong and dishonorable in appeasing the Fuehrer a year later at the expense of Poland, which had shunned Soviet help anyway?

A cheerful and slightly drunk excursionist in the train had found this a theme for continual merriment at the general expense of the clergy and the Church, and something he had said had caused the Archdeacon to wonder whether perhaps he were being a stumbling-block to one of those little ones who had not yet attained detachment.

Plymouth was attacked from April 21 to 29, and though decoy fires helped to save the dockyard, this was only at the expense of the city.

My expenses now greatly exceeded not only my former income, but those additions which I extorted from my poor generous father, on pretences of sums being necessary for preparing for my approaching degree of batchelor of arts.

I begged him to act as if my interests were at stake, and promised to guarantee all expenses.

State expenses, that of those one hundred and forty millions and a great mass of private treasure besides, accumulated from various sources, a mere fifteen million remained for bequest, much of this not easily realizable in cash.

Palmaris, as was his love of the wineelvish boggle, some saidhis penchant for games of chanceamong friends onlyand his love of officiating a grand wedding where no expenses had been spared.

But by the laws of Nolton, even a bondling was freed by the death of his bondholder, and no one was willing to part with the expense of transporting her home again.

I know that on the occasion when we stood face to face in Bosher Street police court he convulsed the audience with three solid jokes at my expense in the first two minutes, bathing me in confusion.

From time to time, in mention of the pay of men-at-arms, the wages of laborers, the price of a horse or a plow, the living expenses of a bourgeois family, the amounts of hearth taxes and sales taxes, I have tried to relate monetary figures to actual values.