pad the bill

pad the bill

Fig. to put unnecessary or additional items on a bill to make the total cost higher. The plumber had padded the bill with things we didn't need. I was falsely accused of padding the bill.
See also: bill, pad
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If these tactics fail to pad the bill enough, unnecessary work will be performed.
In December last year, the officials allegedly had a limousine taxi company pad the bill for charter contracts, receiving taxi tickets worth 12 million yen from the firm as kickbacks, according to the sources.
The two chartered limousines from a Tokyo-based limousine rental firm as part of their preparations for the G-8 event and allegedly asked the company to pad the bills by exaggerating the number of limousines hired.