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expense account

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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of expense account

First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for expense account

Historical Examples

  • There are two ways for a traveling-man to make money: one is to sell the goods, and the other is to work the expense-account.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)

    Elbert Hubbard

  • Only news syndicates could stand the expense-account of a field man in Lunar City.

    Operation: Outer Space

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins


British Dictionary definitions for expense account

expense account

noun
  1. 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
  2. a record of such expenses
  3. (modifier) informal paid for by an employer or by money allowable against taxan expense-account lunch
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expense account in Culture

expense account

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.

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