at the expense of

Definition of at the expense of

  1. :  in a way that harms (something or someone) Malls flourished at the expense of small stores downtown. He argues that the tax cut will benefit the rich at the expense of the poor.

Word by Word Definitions

  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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a trip made at another's expense

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