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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)

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.
See also: benefit, by

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.
See also: benefit, doubt, give, of

for (someone's) benefit

Largely (or solely) to help someone. I only said that for your sister's benefit, so she won't worry. Honestly, I don't expect this situation to get better any time soon.
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give (someone) the benefit of (something)

To explain something to someone in great detail, often when doing so is unwelcome or unappreciated. Yes, Aunt Ida was so kind as to give me the benefit of the whole story of how she bought peaches by mistake.
See also: benefit, give, of

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.
See also: benefit, by

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 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]
See also: benefit, doubt, give, of

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.
See also: benefit, doubt, give, of, someone

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.
See also: benefit, give, of, someone

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.
See also: benefit, doubt, of

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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They may either continue to accumulate contract value within the annuity contract, or turn on the guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit to increase their annual income.
Whether or not the period of time of service of the former employer will count toward the vesting of the other post-employment benefits of the current employer usually depends on whether or not there is a written agreement on this issue between the entities.
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While that is tree, experts say, the decision is still up to the companies themselves: Though not legally bound to offer health or pension benefits, if they wanted to include married gay employees' spouses, they could make them eligible as domestic partners without violating any federal laws.
And with respect to domestic partner benefits, there are responsibilities and rights of families and we see this as a family issue.
Pineault says flex benefit plans are excellent tools to control costs, but adds, from an "HR perspective, they are hard to communicate with the employees.
htm, with a single access point to the latest developments in employee benefit plan audits is now available to those wishing to learn more about the center and its features.
This program would give a defined benefit and allow fee-tot-service beneficiaries to pick between the various plans.
2) Recognizable methods of cost-benefit analysis used in many other kinds of CBA studies were used to measure the direct benefits of library services to each class of patrons.
Allowing plan sponsors to restrict payment options solely to a lump sum would be particularly helpful where the plan sponsor has historically not allowed extended payment options, yet a few participants enjoy an extended payment option as a protected benefit from a former plan that was merged into an existing plan.
Expanded life insurance coverage is one benefit that can help to maximize the value of non-qualified plans to an executive's estate.
Benefits fall into the following five general categories: 1.
In addition, taxpayers indirectly benefit from the reduced tax burden associated with reduced sheltered workshop dependency.
TriZetto provides a full complement of benefit administration technology and transaction service that clients can use to improve operational effectiveness while maintaining the flexibility to adapt to a rapidly changing healthcare environment.