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foot the bill (for something)

Fig. to pay for something; to pay for a bill. My boss took me out for lunch and the company footed the bill. You paid for dinner last time. Let me foot the bill for lunch today.
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foot the bill

to pay money owed Who's going to foot the bill for all the repairs?
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foot the bill

to pay all the costs for something We ended up having to foot the bill for a new roof because our insurance didn't cover storm damage.
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foot the bill

to pay for something (often + for ) Who's going to foot the bill for all the repairs?
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foot the bill

Pay the bill, settle the accounts, as in The bride's father was resigned to footing the bill for the wedding. This expression uses foot in the sense of "add up and put the total at the foot, or bottom, of an account." [Colloquial; early 1800s]
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The bill includes no shortage of pork and the usual political nonsense, but only a paltry $305 million to reimburse state and local governments that foot the bill for Washington's failed immigration policies by housing illegal immigrants in their prisons and jails.
Polluters will still pay to clean up toxics they dumped in spite of a secret campaign backed by unknown industries to get taxpayers to foot the bill.
Securities firms will have to foot the bill for preparing for this upsurge in network traffic," said Nick Verna, marketing manager of Ganymede Software and author of the white paper.
Meanwhile, four legal foundations and public interest law groups on Wednesday offered to foot the bill if the county supervisors instead decide to engage in a legal fight with the ACLU of Southern California, a battle experts say could cost millions of dollars and wind up before the U.
The other taxpayers of Mansfield, who must also foot the bill for the city's defense, have also suffered," McCoy said.
Complicating matters further is who will foot the bill for the new plans.
BUSINESS WIRE)--April 11, 1997--An undercover plan by Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush to have the state's employers -- and ultimately consumers -- foot the bill for his seizure and recycling of Golden Eagle Insurance Co.
It starts with this innocent looking blank grid drawn up on a piece of paper, peddled around from desk to desk, usually by the same knucklehead who organized the office Fantasy Baseball League but hasn't paid the winner off in full since 1993 because, well, we went overbudget for the draft party and he wasn't gonna have to foot the bill again for the extra Doritos and guacamole dip.
We look forward to offering local telephone service in Connecticut, and call on the State to ensure that SNET's proposal to become a cable operator does not mean that Connecticut telephone ratepayers will foot the bill for an expensive video network.
Rohrabacher has proposed that instead of coming to Congress for the money, ports should foot the bill themselves by charging importers a fee on containers.
This case should send a loud and clear message: We will not allow those who honestly pay their taxes to foot the bill for those who don't.
Medi-Cal fraud hurts us all, from the taxpayers who foot the bill for health care for California's poorest citizens, to the Medi-Cal patients, who face reduced services and limited eligibility every time the state is forced to cut funding because of budget deficits,'' Attorney General Bill Lockyer said Wednesday.
Taxpayers, utility ratepayers and consumers will have to foot the bill for purchase incentives, sales tax exemptions, income tax credits, infrastructure costs and inequitable fuel taxes just so a handful of folks can drive a feel-good electric car," said Ted Costa, chief executive officer of People's Advocate.
However, those fees did not come close to defraying the prohibitive travel costs for which the Ice Station had to foot the bill.