(=cost) dépense f , frais mpl
→ It's well worth the expense.
at great expense, at vast expense à grands frais
→ All the preparations have been made at great expense.
→ at great personal expense
→ He's bought a specially big TV at vast expense so that everyone can see properly.
at little expense à peu de frais
to do sth at one's own expense faire qch à ses frais
→ She traveled at her own expense to the Soviet Union.
at sb's expense (financially)
aux frais de qn
→ at the expense of the taxpayer
(=spending) dépense f , frais mpl
→ To avoid extra expense, try to decide on fittings in advance.
to go to the expense of sth faire la dépense de qch
to go to the expense of doing sth faire la dépense de qch
→ Why go to the expense of buying an electric saw when you can hire one?
at the expense of sb/sth aux dépens de qn
→ According to this study, women have made notable gains at the expense of men.
→ Economic growth must not be pursued at the expense of the environment.
to make a joke at sb's expense bien rire aux dépens de qn
→ I think he's making a joke at our expense.
[+employee] frais mpl
to claim sth back on expenses demander le remboursement de qch
→ Can you claim this back on expenses?
→ travelling expenses
[+household] dépenses fpl → household expenses
npl frais mpl généraux
→ general expenses such as meals and phone calls
npl faux frais mpl
→ At the bottom of the bill, you will notice various incidental expenses.
npl frais mpl de subsistance
→ Work out your monthly mortgage, running costs and living expenses.
→ Her income just covers her living expenses and she has not been able to build up any savings.
npl frais mpl
I charge twenty dollars an hour plus out-of-pocket expenses. Je prends vingt dollars de l'heure plus les frais.
npl (paid to employee)
frais mpl de déménagement
→ Relocation expenses were paid to encourage senior staff to move to the region.
npl (British) frais mpl de déménagement
npl frais mpl de déplacement
→ They get travelling expenses and are also paid a fee.