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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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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