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friend with benefits

A friend or acquaintance with whom one has casual sexual interactions without the commitment of a formal relationship. After two long, ultimately painful relationships, I'm just looking to find a friend with benefits these days. John says he and Susan are just friends with benefits, but I think he's falling for her.
See also: benefit, friend

friendship with benefits

A friendship or acquaintance in which the partners engage in casual sexual activity but are not in a formal, committed relationship with one another. After two long, ultimately painful relationships, I'm just looking for friendship with benefits these days.
See also: benefit, friendship

fringe benefit

A non-monetary perk, incentive, or benefit for working a job that is given in addition to one's normal wage or salary. One of the fringe benefits of working here is getting free lunch in the cafeteria.
See also: benefit, fringe

benefit by something

 and benefit from something
to profit or gain by something. We hope to benefit by the collapse of our competition. We will all benefit from the new tax laws.
See also: benefit

benefit of the doubt

a judgment in one's favor when the evidence is neither for one nor against one. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I was right between a B and an A. I got the benefit of the doubtan A. I thought I should have had the benefit of the doubt, but the judge made me pay a fine.
See also: benefit, doubt, of

for one's (own) sake

for one's good or benefit; in honor of someone. I have to earn a living for my family's sake. I did it for my mother's sake.
See also: sake

for someone (or something's) sake

 and for the sake of someone or something
for the purpose or benefit of someone or something; to satisfy the demands of someone or something. I made a meatless dinner for John's sake; he's a vegetarian. The teacher repeated the assignment for the sake of the slower students.
See also: sake

of benefit (to someone)

serving someone well; to the good of someone. I can't believe that this proposal is of benefit to anyone. Oh, I'm sure you'll find the new health plan to be of benefit.
See also: benefit, of

give somebody/something the benefit of the doubt

to decide you will believe someone or something People tell me I shouldn't trust him, but I'm willing to give Simon the benefit of the doubt and wait and see what he actually offers. The American people are usually willing to give the government the benefit of the doubt.
See also: benefit, doubt, give, of

give somebody the benefit of the doubt

to believe something good about someone, rather than something bad, when you have the possibility of doing either After hearing his explanation, I was prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt.
See also: benefit, doubt, give, of

give the benefit of the doubt

Regard someone as innocent until proven otherwise; lean toward a favorable view of someone. For example, Let's give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that she's right. [Mid-1800s]
See also: benefit, doubt, give, of

benefit of the doubt

A favorable judgment granted in the absence of full evidence.
See also: benefit, doubt, of
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If each is entitled to the average benefit, their total annual Social Security benefit will be $20,856 ($12,648 for the husband and $8,208 for the wife).
Governmental entities will start accruing post-employment benefits other than pensions (OPEB) over the next several years--a major change that, for some, will result in massive financial liabilities.
In determining whether the nature of a benefit arrangement is to provide benefits in exchange for the early termination of services (a termination benefit) or to provide benefits in exchange for employee services (a pension benefit or OPEB), professional judgement should be applied considering all relevant factors--including, for example, the employer's intent, the way in which the employees generally view the benefits, whether the benefit is conditioned on termination of employment prior to the normal retirement age, and the length of time for which the benefits have been made available.
The law on welfare benefit arrangements may be overwhelming for advisers to closely held businesses.
However, when taxpayers receive workers' compensation rather than Social Security disability benefits and this compensation reduces the amount of Social Security they receive, the workers' compensation is taxed at the same rate as Social Security benefits.
Employers can spend huge sums of money on benefits, but if their employees aren't aware of the cost or don't appreciate the value of the benefits, they aren't going to see a return on their investment," says Kathryn Yates, global director of communication consulting at Watson Wyatt.
The companies that are refusing to give equal benefits to all of their married employees are some of the largest employers in the United States.
In all, about 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies offered health benefits to gay couples at the end of 2003, according to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
What happens is that people tend not to look after their health until it is an emergency situation, and because it is acute care and not preventative care, the benefit program takes a hard hit," says Pineault.
Create a community of firms that demonstrate a commitment to employee benefit plan audit quality.
This would allow states to opt out of the prescription drug benefit for dual-eligible individuals at significant savings to the state.
Restrict survey queries to provide benefit estimates for consumer surplus and willingness-to-pay approaches.
Reducing air pollution confers health benefits to the population as a whole, but researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have found a way to predict benefits that may accrue to particular subpopulations, such as lower-income individuals and minorities, who suffer from higher rates of illnesses affected by air pollution [EHP 110:1253-1260].
an employer may not decrease an accrued benefit by amending the plan.
However, when the various limitations imposed by government regulations and the company's own rules were calculated, it was discovered the CEO would receive an annual benefit of 8 percent of his final year's salary.