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expense account

an account of business expenditures, as travel, hotel room, meals, and entertainment connected with work, for which an employee will be reimbursed by an employer.
Origin of expense account
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for expense account
Historical Examples
  • You turn your samples in and go to the cashier with your expense account.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • I expect this idea of chargin' it on the expense account hadn't occurred to him.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • "She's not quite so skinny, thanks to my expense account," I said.

    The Right Time Walter Bupp
  • It could pay its President no salary and could barely meet his expense account.

    The Armies of Labor Samuel P. Orth
  • I bet you he turns in an expense account like he was on a honeymoon every trip.

    Potash & Perlmutter Montague Glass
  • And if I'd go along he could squeeze the price into the expense account.


    O. Henry
  • We're jest gettin' to the details of Seth's expense account after he found the Lucky Cuss.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • His expense account shows a loss of 19 shillings at cards for the evening.

    Seaport in Virginia

    Gay Montague Moore
  • He walked around and surveyed my expense account, at the driver's elbow.

    The Window at the White Cat Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • In the expense account we include all charges except raw silk, throwing, dyeing and piece work.

    Theory Of Silk Weaving Arnold Wolfensberger
British Dictionary definitions for expense account

expense account

an arrangement by which expenses incurred in the course of a person's work are refunded by his employer or deducted from his income for tax purposes
a record of such expenses
(modifier) (informal) paid for by an employer or by money allowable against tax: an expense-account lunch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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expense account in Culture

expense account definition

An account or list of expenses incurred in doing business outside the office, part of which is a tax deduction. The term often applies to lunches or dinners at which business deals are made and clients entertained.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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