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.
See also: expense, go, of, something, to
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References in classic literature ?
To think that they went to the expense of, an advertisement in the Revue Theatrale!
They went to the expense of flying a legal team up to Scotland, prepared a case to answer one charge and succeeding in defending that, only to see their star player hit with another charge and banned anyway.
Durham went to the expense of flying in regular keeper Craig Turns from Ireland, with reserve Marc Riches unavailable.
Midland entrepreneur Mr David Grove yesterday defended his unusual part-time chief executive role at Hill & Smith by questioning why other Midland small cap companies went to the expense of a full-time boss at board level.