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go to the expense

To do something that requires a significant amount of money, especially something unnecessary or done reluctantly. If this is truly the wedding dress of your dreams, then you'll have to go to the expense, I guess.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: expense, go
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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So, the EWA goes to the expense of painting their vehicles with the "How is my driving" thing to encourage people to report bad driving, but has nobody on the end of the phone?