expense account


Definition of expense account

: an account of expenses reimbursable to an employee also : the right of charging expenses to such an account

Examples of expense account in a Sentence

He charged dinner to his expense account. She put the tickets on her expense account.

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Photo: Amber Restaurant Sophisticated Standby: Amber Many luxury-hotel restaurants remain the rigid redoubts of out-of-town bankers with extravagant tastes and the expense accounts to match. Eric Rosen, WSJ, "How Young Chefs Are Making Their Marks on Hong Kong’s Fine Food Scene," 10 Dec. 2018 The Bar Room When some of New York City's elite publishing companies moved downtown, their new neighborhood required great hotel bars for those with expense accounts and a story to tell. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 As the nature and pressures of being CEO at a large company have evolved, so have their expense accounts, lawyers say. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "Lavish Expense Accounts Can Make or Break a CEO," 23 Nov. 2018 Or, in other words: restrictive suits, brutal winters, and even more brutal hours on Wall Street versus what often seems like college with an expense account in sunny Silicon Valley. Town & Country, "The 1% Daily," 24 Mar. 2014 In total, those personnel expenses account for nearly half of the city’s budget. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Marcos passes $77 million budget, adds a new school resource officer," 14 June 2018 No longer a workplace of editors with plenty of leisure time and endless expense accounts, the company is surrendering to the economic realities and staccato rhythms of digital journalism. Sydney Ember, New York Times, "Condé Nast’s 26-Year-Old Man of the Moment," 3 Mar. 2018 The primary reason for the hesitancy is the fear that pot-friendly hotels will scare away guests with children in tow or business travelers who are paying with a corporate expense account. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "Full vending machines. Pot on the pillow. What some California hotels are doing to attract marijuana smokers," 22 June 2018 Levin’s memorandum makes reference to former Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris, who was convicted and sentenced to federal prison for corruption and tax charges related to an expense account. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force leader seeks 20-year prison sentence, provides letters of support," 25 May 2018

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of expense account was in 1922

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English Language Learners Definition of expense account

: an arrangement that allows an employee (such as someone who is traveling for business) to pay for things using the company's money instead of the employee's money

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