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    Re: To his own cost / at his own expence

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    That is the question I was trying to answer. With respect, jutfrank, to his own cost clearly does form part of the question. I corrected to to at.
    Okay, I think I see what you mean now.

    Well, I think you're right that at his own cost could be equivalent to at his own expense, such as in:

    He paid for the party at his own expense.
    He paid for the party at his own cost.

    These both mean he spent his own money. There's no sense that he suffered in any way. (I'm not certain about the second, but I think it seems okay.)

    But, to his own cost has a quite different sense, in that it means the person has had a bad deal in some way.

    Do I understand you correctly, probus? If so, yes, I agree.

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    Re: To his own cost / at his own expence

    We are in full agreement jutfrank.

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