at the expense of meaning

  "at the expense of" in a sentence
  • 1. To the cost or detriment of (often at someone's expense)
    2. With the loss or sacrifice of

  • [American idiom]
    to the detriment of someone or something; to the harm of someone or something.
    He had a good laugh at the expense of his brother.
    He took a job in a better place at the expense of a larger income.


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  1. do n't profit yourself at the expense of others.
  2. he attained his goal at the expense of others.
  3. neither should be overemphasized at the expense of the other.
  4. his fame was bought at the expense of health and happiness.
  5. he received a piece of flesh at the expense of his friend.

Related Words

  1. at the eleventh hour meaning
  2. at the end of nowhere meaning
  3. at the end of one's rope meaning
  4. at the end of one's tether meaning
  5. at the end of the day meaning
  6. at the expense of so or sth meaning
  7. at the feet of meaning
  8. at the fore meaning
  9. at the forefront meaning
  10. at the full meaning
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