go to the expense

go to the expense (of doing something)

to pay the (large) cost of doing something. I hate to have to go to the expense of painting the house. It needs to be done, so you'll have to go to the expense.
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It rests with you," he proceeded, "when you hear what I have to tell you, to say whether you will go to the expense of sending a man to New York, or not.
It's wasting money," he said, "to go to the expense of taking
Don't think, young man, that we go to the expense of flower of brimstone and molasses, just to purify them; because if you think we carry on the business in that way, you'll find yourself mistaken, and so I tell you plainly.
Unless they are being bankrolled by somebody with financial resources with an axe to grind, I cannot understand why disgruntled supporters continue to attend matches and further contribute to Ashley's wealth and go to the expense of producing 30,000 placards and 100 flags.
In some situations, litigants write off the amount rather than go to the expense of seeking recovery but there are ways a return can be maximised.
We go to the expense of printing and distributing leaflets only to either have our donations stolen, or find that thieves have just held a collection in our name in the same area," said James.
Group spokesman David Buchko said: "The road test programme is closing because BMW doesn't see the need to go to the expense of converting hundreds of models to use a hydrogen engine when there is still no meaningful hydrogen fuelling infrastructure to supply them.
It would be cheaper to provide compensation for the far fewer losses due to foxes than to go to the expense of hunting them.
My view is that we should have an English vote - otherwise we would have to go to the expense of another set of MPs,' he told a BBC Radio Five Live phone-in.
So, basically, a motorist would go to the expense of running a car, driving to the nearest park and ride facility and then paying an extra charge to use public transport?
Why go to the expense of flying a production team all that way?
That is why we have got to go to the expense of trying to bring people in.
The Asda spokesman added: 'People don't want to ditch their VCRs as they have hundreds of old videos in the home and they don't want to go to the expense of buying replacement discs.
relaxing in their paddocks or `racing' each other on the gallops than go to the expense of taking them to racecourses offering such paltry rewards.