at the expense of

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Definition of at the expense of

: 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.

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“At the expense of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20the%20expense%20of. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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