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1    a particular payment of money; expenditure  
2    money needed for individual purchases; cost; charge  
3    pl   incidental money spent in the performance of a job, commission, etc., usually reimbursed by an employer or allowable against tax  
4    something requiring money for its purchase or upkeep  
the car was more of an expense than he had expected     
5    at the expense of   to the detriment of  
he succeeded at the expense of his health     
6    tr     (U.S. and Canadian)   to treat as an expense for book-keeping or tax purposes  
     (C14: from Late Latin expensa, from Latin expensus weighed out; see expend)  

expense account  
1    an arrangement by which expenses incurred in the course of a person's work are refunded by his employer or deducted from his income for tax purposes  
2    a record of such expenses  
3    modifier  
Informal   paid for by an employer or by money allowable against tax  
an expense-account lunch     
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charge, consumption, cost, disbursement, expenditure, loss, outlay, output, payment, sacrifice, spending, toll, use  

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When economic outlook remains uncertain, top management complains about the parsimony of expense reimbursements. Shareholders will not look kindly to executives flying helicopters or first-class international flights unrestrained. chenrong.hubpages.com
a person paid by the state to work in the interests of the nation who considers it to be a ‘right’ to be able abuse his or her authority to ensure personal gain for himself or herself at the expense of the nation…
neologism ... created on some blog
to depend on something or on someone to cover the basic expenses
E.g.: He lived off the money he inherited from his father while he had been working as a volunteer.
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