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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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for (one's) benefit

Largely (or solely) to help one. I hope you're not doing that for my benefit—I don't really have a preference at all. 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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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.
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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.
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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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give (one) the benefit of (something)

To explain something to one 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.
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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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of benefit

Giving or acting as a benefit (to someone or something); serving to help, promote, or enhance (someone or something). If you think this new tax law will be of benefit to anyone other than the top 1% of citizens. I've heard enough. There are too many unknowns and not enough of benefit in this proposal for me to accept it.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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benefit of the doubt

A favorable judgment granted in the absence of full evidence.
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benefit of the doubt, to give/have the

To assume or treat as innocent when there is conflicting evidence. The term comes from the law in many countries, whereby a person must be assumed to be innocent of a crime unless definitely proved to be guilty; in other words, when in doubt, the verdict must be “not guilty.” The expression began to be used figuratively for all kinds of situation in the nineteenth century.
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Another strategy is to apply for and suspend a benefit. This strategy works if spouses are close in age and one spouse has a significantly higher full retirement age benefit.
Though David's benefits will increase by 8 percent each year, Ellen's spousal benefits will remain the same.
While mature workers have their own benefits needs, regulations prohibit organizations from segmenting benefits by age, and companies aren't able to gear benefit packages specifically for older workers.
And in Wisconsin, where the University of Wisconsin System has been seeking domestic partner benefits, voters approved a constitutional amendment last month that not only defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but also bars the state from granting legal status similar to marriage to unmarried individuals.
The public benefit concept gives new strength to the Charities Commission for England and Wales, the independent charities regulator, but could be troublesome in the relations between the commission and the charitable sector.
Yet others have taken the second step to become certified as Qualified Empire Zone Enterprises (QEZEs) but have either failed to take advantage of the full complement of benefits or have pursued benefits which are incongruous with their overall tax plan.
How does a CPA determine whether a governmental entity has any of these benefits? 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.
The value of personal use is includible in employee income and subject to withholding, unless it is excludible as a de minimis fringe benefit.
Veterans, who fought for our country, should never have to fight our government to get the benefits a grateful nation has provided as a reward for their sacrifices and service.
For help, the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center offers a centralized place to find resources to enhance firms' audit performance.
Do you know someone who receives Social Security benefits and is not retired?
While African Americans depend on Social Security disability benefits more than whites, when it comes to the retirement portion, it's more an issue of income than of race, says Matt Moore, a senior analyst with the National Center for Policy Analysis.
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.
Their principles include competition between private sector insurance and "traditional" Medicare and differing medication benefits for older Americans of varying incomes.