put (one) to great expense

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put (one) to great expense

To force one to pay a large amount of money (for something). If we're going to put candidates to such great expense to fly here for an interview, we should at least pay for their accommodation. Sending their three children through college put the Smiths to great expense.
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Yesterday Mr Jones said: ``The problem of trespass by travellers is a growing one; the environment is damaged,communities disrupted and farmers and landowners put to great expense in taking eviction proceedings.