put (one) to the expense of (doing) (something)

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put (one) to the expense of (doing) (something)

To force one to pay for something, especially something very expensive. If we're going to put candidates to the expense of flying over here for an interview, we should at least pay for their accommodations. They're trying to put us to the expense of a court trial to discourage us from pursuing them for a refund.
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put somebody to the expense of something/of doing something


put somebody to a lot of, etc. exˈpense

make somebody spend money on something: Their visit put us to a lot of expense.
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His father then told him that, as he had not been put to the expense of sending Angel up to Cambridge, he had felt it his duty to set by a sum of money every year towards the purchase or lease of land for him some day, that he might not feel himself unduly slighted.
In the end Grubb and Smallways were put to the expense of a strategic nocturnal removal to another position.
So thousands of desperate parents, strapped for money and barely able to feed their young families, were put to the expense of a private physician.