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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.
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benefit by (something)

To gain from a particular experience, change, or occurrence. We will all benefit by moving to a warmer, sunnier climate. You may hate it now, but I guarantee you will benefit by your time as an intern.
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benefit from (something)

To gain from a particular experience, change, or occurrence. We will all benefit from moving to a warmer, sunnier climate. You may hate it now, but I guarantee you will benefit from your time as an intern.
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the benefit of the doubt

The withholding of judgment so as to retain a favorable or at least neutral opinion of someone or something when the full information about the subject is not yet available. You're my sister! Can't you give me the benefit of the doubt, instead of believing the worst about me? Let's give him the benefit of the doubt before we start accusing him. There may be a good explanation.
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give (someone or something) the benefit of the doubt

To retain a favorable or at least neutral opinion of someone or something until the full information about the subject is available. You're my sister! Can't you give me the benefit of the doubt, instead of believing the worst about me right away? Let's give him the benefit of the doubt before we start accusing him. There may be a good explanation for the missing money.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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]
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give someone the benefit of the doubt

COMMON
1. If you give someone the benefit of the doubt, you decide to believe that what they are saying is honest, even though it is possible that they are not telling the truth. As to whether she deliberately lied or got the facts wrong, I suppose we could give her the benefit of the doubt.
2. If you give someone the benefit of the doubt, you decide to believe that what they are doing is right, even though it is possible that they are doing something wrong. I am basically a trusting person. I make it a practice to give everyone the benefit of the doubt.
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give someone the benefit of

— explain or recount to someone at length (often used ironically when someone pompously or impertinently assumes that their knowledge or experience is superior to that of the person to whom they are talking).
1999 Stage Our courses are delivered by 2 current TV personalities who will give you the benefit of their 6 years experience.
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the benefit of the doubt

a concession that someone or something must be regarded as correct or justified, if the contrary has not been proved.
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for somebody’s ˈbenefit

especially in order to help or be useful to somebody: There’s no need to repeat everything for my benefit.I have produced some notes for the benefit of those people who weren’t at the meeting.
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give somebody the ˌbenefit of the ˈdoubt

accept that a person is right or innocent because you cannot prove that they are not: She said she was late because of the traffic and I gave her the benefit of the doubt.
See also: benefit, doubt, give, of, somebody

benefit of the doubt

A favorable judgment granted in the absence of full evidence.
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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.