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

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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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He would have found me an apartment himself, and lent me furniture -- did I really mean that I had gone to the expense of buying it?
In desperation, the government has gone to the expense of paying a private property company to buy up homes to use as hostels.
Processors and retailers who have been rushing to re-design labels and packaging now have to put that on hold again, even though they've already gone to the expense of starting the process.
We would rather not have gone to the expense of a public inquiry but the process will give us the comfort of having our process inspected in public and we expect that process to be shown as robust.
When Channel 4 has gone to the expense of having cameras, commentators etc at Newmarket and Redcar, wouldn't it have been preferable to have pursued a similar approach rather than upsetting viewers, race sponsors, the two racecourse managements, the Tote and the bookmakers?
About a quarter have gone to the expense of installing security cameras.