at the expense of

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.

Word by Word Definitions

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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