One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
So as to cause harm to or neglect of.‘the pursuit of profit at the expense of the environment’‘language courses that emphasize communication skills at the expense of literature’
sacrifice, cost, lossView synonyms
- ‘Why do we spend so much on things that give us tiny increases in comfort at the expense of so many other people?’
- ‘I suppose there's a case for continuity, but surely not at the expense of progress.’
- ‘The strategy may have been to go for turnover growth at the expense of profit margins.’
- ‘Another risk posed by big clients is that they take up staff time at the expense of other, smaller clients.’
- ‘Discouraging access seems to provide minimal benefits at the expense of very poor public relations.’
- ‘He said using the 2001 census was benefiting urban areas at the expense of rural areas.’
- ‘Behind the move is a scramble to cut costs and boost profits at the expense of workers everywhere.’
- ‘He is convinced that the tilt towards the environment at the expense of productivity has gone too far.’
- ‘His aim was predominance, but not at the expense of at least the appearance of popularity.’
- ‘It might prove to be a success at the economic level but this would be at the expense of quality of life.’
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