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  • The company will defray your travel expenses.
  • We’ll do what we can to defray your work-related expenses.
  • The chairman was explaining that a collection would now be taken up to defray the expenses of the meeting, and for the benefit of the campaign fund of the party.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • As to reward, my profession is its own reward; but you are at liberty to defray whatever expenses I may be put to, at the time which suits you best.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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  • "As for me," replied Athos to this recital, "I am quite at my ease; it will not be women that will defray the expense of my outfit."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • In order to save Major Cavalcanti the trouble of drawing on his banker, I send him a draft for 2,000 francs to defray his travelling expenses, and credit on you for the further sum of 48,000 francs, which you still owe me.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • , to defray the cost of my tuition during the whole time that I was at Hampton.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Terms: cash on delivery, up to and not exceeding one fourteenth of total profits (if any); all traveling expenses guaranteed in any event; funeral expenses to be defrayed by us or our representatives, if occasion arises and the matter is not otherwise arranged for.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • My movements were very closely watched, and we had no means of getting any money to defray our expenses.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The doctor, of course, had again to defray the expense of this purchase.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary

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  • It may be guessed that I reduce almost the whole advantage of holding this superfluous property as a fund in store against the future, so far as the individual is concerned, mainly to the defraying of funeral expenses.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • He had gam’d, too, and lost his money, so that I was oblig’d to discharge his lodgings, and defray his expenses to and at Philadelphia, which prov’d extremely inconvenient to me.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • I am prepared to defray all charges.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Here be it known, that though these wild fishermen do not, as a general thing, and according to the great military maxim, make the enemy defray the current expenses of the war (at least before realizing the proceeds of the voyage), yet now and then you find some of these Nantucketers who have a genuine relish for that particular part of the Sperm Whale designated by Stubb; comprising the tapering extremity of the body.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Therefore, in hopes to defray some of the charges he must be at, he bought a sloop, loaded it with several sorts of goods, wherewith the Tonquinese usually trade to the neighbouring islands, and putting fourteen men on board, whereof three were of the country, he appointed me master of the sloop, and gave me power to traffic, while he transacted his affairs at Tonquin.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • First, to solidify the illusion of normalcy and happiness, thus defraying any suspicions Moody might harbor.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • …to him the next morning, touching his history, etc., and if he declined to answer them openly and unreservedly (and I supposed he would prefer not), then to give him a twenty dollar bill over and above whatever I might owe him, and tell him his services were no longer required; but that if in any other way I could assist him, I would be happy to do so, especially if he desired to return to his native place, wherever that might be, I would willingly help to defray the expenses.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • ’Show me, in this wide waste of London, any honest means by which I could even defray the weekly hire of this poor room, and see if I shrink from resorting to them!
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • And was it dot possible, the tragedy of Clyde’s present predicament pointed out to them, that they might through appeals of various kinds raise at least sufficient money to defray the actual costs of such an appeal?
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • And Of Making War, And Peace, As He Shall Think Best: Ninthly, is annexed to the Soveraignty, the Right of making Warre, and Peace with other Nations, and Common-wealths; that is to say, of Judging when it is for the publique good, and how great forces are to be assembled, armed, and payd for that end; and to levy mony upon the Subjects, to defray the expenses thereof.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • But the musician did his best; adopted his wife’s name, made England permanently his home, took great trouble with his child’s education, the expenses of which were defrayed by the grandfather, and throve as the chief local musician till her mother’s death, when he left off thriving, drank, and died also.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • It was time that he should begin to learn; and his godfather and guardian hinted that he hoped to be allowed to defray the charges of the boy’s education, which would fall heavily upon his mother’s straitened income.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He wrote, too, of the low morale among officers whose pay was not enough to defray even ordinary expenses.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Or at least defray the costs.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • The missionaries, knowingly or not, helped defray some of the impatience and anxiety of the tribesmen by keeping them busy.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • If a man carry treasure in bullion or in a wedge of gold, and have none coined into current moneys, his treasure will not defray him as he travels.
    John Donne  --  Meditation 17
  • The consequence of this is that nothing is easier than to set up a newspaper, and a small number of readers suffices to defray the expenses of the editor.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Village chiefs and school officials were enthusiastic, and they held a community meeting in which they pledged grassroots support for an initiative to educate girls—if Ann could help defray the costs.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Article eight says: "All charges of war and all other expenses that shall be incurred for the common defense or general welfare, and allowed by the United States in Congress, shall be defrayed out of a common treasury," etc. Similar language again occurs in Article Nine.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • As to the line of separation between external and internal taxes, this would leave to the States, at a rough computation, the command of two thirds of the resources of the community to defray from a tenth to a twentieth part of its expenses; and to the Union, one third of the resources of the community, to defray from nine tenths to nineteen twentieths of its expenses.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • I then propos’d a lottery to defray the expense of building a battery below the town, and furnishing it with cannon.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • I’m going to make it clear through back channels, though, that the minute they start ’defraying their costs’ by using the power plant to power the grid I’m taking it back.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • The truth is, when we say of a gentleman that he lives elegantly on nothing a year, we use the word "nothing" to signify something unknown; meaning, simply, that we don’t know how the gentleman in question defrays the expenses of his establishment.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The ladies and gentlemen were pretty equally balanced; the expenses of the entertainment being defrayed by the latter, each of whom had the privilege of inviting one of the former as his guest.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Before we had the news of this defeat, the two Doctors Bond came to me with a subscription paper for raising money to defray the expense of a grand firework, which it was intended to exhibit at a rejoicing on receipt of the news of our taking Fort Duquesne.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • As to the line of separation between external and internal taxes, this would leave to the States, at a rough computation, the command of two thirds of the resources of the community to defray from a tenth to a twentieth part of its expenses; and to the Union, one third of the resources of the community, to defray from nine tenths to nineteen twentieths of its expenses.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • His parent was a grocer in the city: and it was bruited abroad that he was admitted into Dr. Swishtail’s academy upon what are called "mutual principles"—that is to say, the expenses of his board and schooling were defrayed by his father in goods, not money; and he stood there—most at the bottom of the school—in his scraggy corduroys and jacket, through the seams of which his great big bones were bursting—as the representative of so many pounds of tea, candles, sugar, mottled-soap,…
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • When she had gone to bed he collected the few articles he would require, and went upstairs to the money-chest, whence he took a tolerably bountiful sum in notes, which had been advanced to him on the property he was so soon to have in possession, to defray expenses incidental to the removal.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Out of the small residue of her income which Amelia kept back for herself, the widow had need of all the thrift and care possible in order to enable her to keep her darling boy dressed in such a manner as became George Osborne’s son, and to defray the expenses of the little school to which, after much misgiving and reluctance and many secret pangs and fears on her own part, she had been induced to send the lad.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The South and the West have no vessels, but they cannot refuse a willing subsidy to defray the expenses of the navy; for if the fleets of Europe were to blockade the ports of the South and the delta of the Mississippi, what would become of the rice of the Carolinas, the tobacco of Virginia, and the sugar and cotton which grow in the valley of the Mississippi?
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • By which meanes, the people every where were obliged to a double tribute; one to the State, another to the Clergy; whereof, that to the Clergy, being the tenth of their revenue, is double to that which a King of Athens (and esteemed a Tyrant) exacted of his subjects for the defraying of all publique charges: For he demanded no more but the twentieth part; and yet abundantly maintained therewith the Commonwealth.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • " The terms of article eighth are still more identical: "All charges of war and all other expenses that shall be incurred for the common defense or general welfare, and allowed by the United States in Congress, shall be defrayed out of a common treasury," etc. A similar language again occurs in article ninth.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
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