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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.
See also: benefit, doubt, of

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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Since mortality projections suggest that more than 28% of payees choosing early Social Security benefits would be better off waiting until the full retirement age, why are so many making an unwise economic choice?
There must be a footnote disclosure in the financial statements of the following: description of the other post-employment benefits provided; employee groups covered; eligibility requirements; and the employer and participant obligations to contribute, quantified in some manner.
Generally, rules on the types of benefits permitted, the funding limits and the deductibility of contributions are the same whether or not the trust is taxable.
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.
In its analysis, Watson Wyatt found that, among employers that offer rich benefits but have poor communication strategies, the average turnover rate of top-performers is 17 percent.
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.
are among several high-profile companies that provide insurance benefits for gay couples.
However, because medical benefits, sick time, pension plans and absenteeism costs are continually increasing for businesses, many human resource professionals are seeking solutions to control and contain costs.
The state could, however, maintain Medicaid pharmaceutical benefits as wrap-around services for a person eligible for Medicaid and Medicare.
The difficulty with these statistical appliances is that they measure what libraries do, not the benefits their constituents derive from them.
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].
We believe that the diversity and professional training of our members enable us to bring an important, balanced, and practical perspective to the issues raised by Notice 98-29, relating to optional forms of benefits under defined contribution plans.
While 401(k)s and other qualified benefits plans are protected by law and disbursed by a third party upon retirement, so-called non-qualified plans may be fair game for creditors in bankruptcy disputes or withheld at a firm's discretion, particularly during tough times.
Benefits fall into the following five general categories: 1.