be taken at someone else’s expense


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This is an extract from the novel Love finds the way by Barbara Cartland. Benedict fell in love with a girl who was supposed to be his friend's bride-to-be.

“The point is,” Benedict was continuing with difficulty, “my father always preached that there were more things that mattered than human happiness and they should not be taken at someone else’s expense. What do you think?”

Would you like to give me the meaning of "be taken at someone else’s expense" in this case? Thanks.
  • PaulQ

    English - England
    Benedict is saying that his father had always said that although human happiness was important, that happiness should not be achieved/gained at the cost of someone else's misfortune/suffering.
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