out-of-pocket expenses


out-of-pocket expenses
out-of-pocket expenses
Fig. the actual amount of money spent. (Alludes to the money one person pays while doing something on someone else's behalf. One is usually paid back this money.) •

My out-of-pocket expenses for the party were nearly $175.

My employer usually reimburses all out-of-pocket expenses for a business trip.

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{n. phr.} Expenses one has to pay for oneself, not the company that sends one on a given assignment, such as tips for waiters, cab drivers, etc. * /Luckily, my out-of-pocket expenses didn't amount to more than $15./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.