Fit the bill - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
fit the bill
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fit the bill
To be helpful, useful, or what is needed in a certain situation. A: "I need another string of lights." B: "Will this one fit the bill?"
fit the bill or
fill the bill
COMMON If someone or something fits the bill, they are exactly the right person or thing for a particular situation. I wanted someone who really knew their way around film-making and I knew that Richard would fit the bill. Finding somewhere peaceful to paint was their main priority when it came to finding a home — and their 17th-century house on a remote hillside certainly fits the bill. `Tea? Coffee?' — `Coffee would just fill the bill.' Note: The `bill' in this expression is a public notice advertising something such as a show or a play.
fit (or fill) the bill be suitable for a particular purpose.
Bill in this context is a printed list of items on a theatrical programme or advertisement.
fit the ˈbill (informal) be suitable for a purpose: We need a new sofa for the living room, and I think this one will fit the bill quite nicely.
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The offices, which were originally designed for a creative and technologically-advanced company, fit the bill
perfectly and provided Google with the ideal expansion space to house its growing business.
Meteorites, the fragments of asteroids that have fallen to Earth, fit the bill
Little Christian Montoyo fit the bill
for Friday's free dentistry program for 100 children from low-income families.
Mirage Endpoint Control fit the bill
, with strong security that is easy to deploy and manage.
The Yankees' Ramiro Mendoza would fit the bill
, but Yankees manager Joe Torre has been insistent on keeping him because of his ability to both start and pitch out of the bullpen.