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at someone's expense

Definition of at someone's expense

  1. 1 :  paid for by someone <a fancy dinner at my parents' expense> <a stadium built at the taxpayers' expense> <The tour is free, but all meals are at your own expense.>

  2. 2 —used of a joke about or laughter at a person that might cause embarrassment <Everyone had a good laugh at my expense.>



Word by Word Definitions

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

expenseplay
  1. :  the act or an instance of expending :  expenditure

    :  something expended to secure a benefit or bring about a result

    :  financial burden or outlay :  cost

  1. :  to charge with expenses

    :  to charge to an expense account

    :  to write off as an expense


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