at someone's expense

idiom

Definition of at someone's expense

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

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“At someone's expense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20someone%27s%20expense. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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