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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. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • The outgo is to be put down to the expense account of the whole year, and the main purpose is to have a good time.

    Village Life in China Arthur H. Smith
  • You turn your samples in and go to the cashier with your expense account.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • He walked around and surveyed my expense account, at the driver's elbow.

    The Window at the White Cat Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I expect this idea of chargin' it on the expense account hadn't occurred to him.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • My receipts were all profit, as I had nothing to do with the expense account, and my records were kept as carefully as I knew how.

  • "She's not quite so skinny, thanks to my expense account," I said.

    The Right Time Walter Bupp
  • 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.

    Options O. Henry
  • The more usual cause is found in leaks in the expense account.

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

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
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 American Heritage® 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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