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Rent is our biggest expense.
You can claim part of your telephone bill as a business expense.
a factory's operating expenses
The insurance will cover all expenses incurred during your time in hospital.
people struggling to meet their basic living expenses
A powerful computer is worth the expense if you use it regularly.
the expense and inconvenience of recovering cargo from sunken ships
His parents went to great trouble and expense to make sure the party was a success.
We didn't want to go to the expense of sending a courier.
That little mistake put us to the expense of reprinting the whole book.
The company pays all our expenses.
Let me pay – I can put it on expenses.
Your salary will be £50,000 a year, plus expenses.
All reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
This is the British English definition of expense. View American English definition of expense.
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