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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.
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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
References in classic literature ?
And when the artist is benefited by receiving pay the advantage is gained by an additional use of the art of pay, which is not the art professed by him?
4958 imposes sanctions consisting of a two-tier excise tax on disqualified persons who have unduly benefited from dealing with certain exempt organizations.
The disqualified person who benefited from the transaction is liable for the tax.
The spin-off has benefited Abbott and Hospira at the expense of the employees who were terminated," said Paul Mollica of Meites, Mulder, Burger & Mollica, co-counsel for the plaintiffs.
The taxpayer nevertheless argued, citing Moser(49) and Schneider,(50) that its contribution was currently deductible because the employees, not the company, had benefited from the VEBA, and that any future benefit to the company, had merely incidental.
14) which held that a taxpayers pension and profit-sharing plans did not meet the exclusive benefit rule because they benefited workers who were not common-law employees.
under a trust or escrow arrangement) for the benefit of the employee, even if the benefited employee had no current actual or constructive access to such assets.
410(b), a plan may be retroactively amended to increase accruals or allocations for employees who benefited under the plan in the preceding year, or to grant accruals or allocations to employees who did not benefit under the plan during the preceding year.