at (one's) expense

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at (one's) expense

1. Falling under one's financial responsibility. Once I learned that the trip was at my expense, I decided not to go.
2. To one's detriment or disadvantage. I was furious when I heard the other kids telling jokes at my little brother's expense.
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at someone's expense

COMMON If someone laughs or makes a joke at your expense, they laugh or make a joke about you. Danny told them about my accident and they all had a good laugh at my expense. There was plenty of laughter, most of it at my expense.
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at somebody’s exˈpense


1 paid for by somebody: When Joe is travelling at the firm’s expense, he goes first class.
2 (of jokes, etc.) making somebody seem foolish: They all had a good laugh at Pete’s expense.
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expense

n. a baby; a child. (see also deduction.) The little expense just cries, craps, and chows.
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at (one's) expense

To one's detriment or chagrin: telling jokes at my expense.
See also: expense
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