go to the expense of (something)

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go to the expense of (something)

To do something that requires a significant amount of money, especially something unnecessary or done reluctantly. I don't think you should go to the expense of renting a hot air balloon when your girlfriend has said she just wants a quiet Valentine's Day at home.
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go to the expense of something/of doing something


go to a lot of, etc. exˈpense

spend money on something: They went to all the expense of redecorating the house and then they moved.
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And instead of going to the expense of the 8mm-06 JVB dies, I would have had a competent gunsmith run an 8mm-06 chamber reamer into that rifle and then used full-length.
Apple are due to release their long-awaited new operating system, macOS Sierra, however Data Memory systems, one of America's premier suppliers of computer memory is highlighting the benefits of simply upgrading Mac computer memory, rather than going to the expense of purchasing new equipment.
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What is the point of going to the expense of providing free entertainment if nobody is going to turn up to watch it?
You should be able to get some general valuation information from a surveyor, or your own solicitor without going to the expense of a full Home Report.
"Property portals around the world have become increasingly aware of the reluctance of real estate agents and brokers to commit to listing their properties when it means either having to spend a considerable amount of time manually entering their property details on several sites or going to the expense of commissioning feeds specific to each individual portal" stated Corin Ashbee-Waugh of XML2U.com.
"There's no point going to the expense of getting great people if your business isn't big enough to grow, and so those people leave.
INSTEAD of Merseyrail going to the expense of taking people to court why don't they just install cameras inside the train and a tannoy?
Subaru believes that if it can get people behind the wheel of its distinctively-styled newcomer they will be impressed, even if it means going to the expense of registering so many vehicles and giving drivers the free use of them for a week.
They said there would be no point going to the expense of changing the coins if they were then to be ditched for the euro.
He's created the impression of a TND without going to the expense of building alleys.
It enables them to hunt for oil in an unexplored area without going to the expense of drilling a lot of wells.
Evolve's client base ranges from property developers, who use CGI to apply for planning permission or as a marketing tool for their developments, to engineering firms, for whom virtual prototypes are created as opposed to going to the expense of physically building one.
Simon Myers, defending, told Judge Tony Briggs: "I don't think it's worth going to the expense of preparing reports.
THERE'S no point going to the expense of bringing out a product if people don't understand it or its benefits.