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foot the bill

To pay for something. I hope the production company is footing the bill for all of this air travel.
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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

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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foot the bill

COMMON If you foot the bill for something, you pay for it. Police will have to foot the bill for the damage to both cars. If the insurance industry were to foot the entire bill for pollution, it would bankrupt it. Note: This expression may come from the practice of someone paying a bill and signing it at the bottom, or `foot'.
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foot the bill

be responsible for paying for something.
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foot the ˈbill (for something)

be responsible for paying the cost of something: The local council will have to foot the bill for damage done to the roads in last years’s floods.
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Billionaire Abramovich contacted organisers of the event at the West London stadium and insisted on footing the bill.
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REAL Madrid and England soccer star David Beckham (right) and his wife Victoria were praised by the mother of a disabled five-year-old girl after footing the bill for a pounds 2,500 state-of-the-art wheelchair.
But when the components must be shipped overnight or next day, Doncasters was footing the bill.
But owners of commercial and residential buildings have gotten so used to footing the bill in the first place, they do not expect either a spike in claims or a significant increase in insurance premiums.
Who, then, is footing the bill for pharmaceutical research?
taxpayer is involuntarily footing the bill to subsidize the few at the expense of the many.
Nevertheless, taxpayers can look forward to footing the bill for more of such cases.
If vouchers become commonplace, taxpayers will be footing the bill for the type of discrimination Ben Holmes experienced.
Less than 30% of college-aged students have this option available to them, especially with most parents footing the bill for college tuition, room & board, and incidentals.