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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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Clearly we don't think it's right that the taxpayer in Strathclyde, or indeed Scotland, should foot the bill for another agency's inability to deliver a service.
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It wasn't a consultant, of the Rolls-Royce or even the Hyundai variety, who announced that a small company might be legally obliged to foot the bill for the supervisor of a deaf job applicant to go off and take courses in sign language so the two could communicate; it was The New York Times, in a front-page article in July 1992.
We're assuming you foot the bill for any pedicures then, love.
Now the Government is to be asked to foot the bill for the antiterrorist policing and to catch drug smugglers.
But Reiter cautions that if the city is to be compassionate and take care of all the people in need, "somebody has to foot the bill for that.
It's the Southern Health Board's own fault - they made the mistake and as a result they should foot the bill," he said.