pick up the tab

pick up the tab

 and pick up the check
to pay the bill. Whenever we go out, my father picks up the tab. Order whatever you want. The company is picking up the check.
See also: pick, tab, up

pick up the tab (for something)

to pay money for something We shouldn't have to pick up the tab for the new road if only one family will be using it.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form pick up the bill (for something): Taxpayers will have to pick up the bill for political campaigns.
See also: pick, tab, up
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The commission was belt-tightening and hoped that other providers would pick up the tab for the two services, which help tens of thousands of people annually with counseling, referrals and more.
They'd find a way to pick up the tab for those who didn't.
Jerry Avorn, a professor at Harvard Medical School, says that salesmen often couch their dinner invitations in flattering terms like "Come on--you're a busy guy and you've gotta eat anyway; I'll just pick up the tab.
He said part of Northwest's grand plan for bankruptcy includes eliminating current pension plans for all Northwest employees with no penalty, dumping the plans on the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation and potentially forcing taxpayers to pick up the tab.
I don't see why the city should pick up the tab if individual council members sue,'' Wachs said.
AMS will pick up the tab for pet sitting or kennel care if an owner has to travel unexpectedly - a 2-year-old policy that not only instills company loyalty but allows employees to focus more on work and less on domestic worries.