at someone's expense

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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.

Word by Word Definitions

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

expense play
  1. : the act or an instance of expending : expenditure

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

  3. : financial burden or outlay : cost

  1. : to charge with expenses

  2. : to charge to an expense account

  3. : to write off as an expense


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