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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]
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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.
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