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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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It really does show the contempt our cabinet members have for the people who foot the bill.
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More than a quarter of those questioned said they had claimed back money spent on fuel for personal use and 10% confessed to letting their firms foot the bill for food and drink buys.
Grain producers have to foot the bill for the delays, which in the case of a Panamax-class boat costs $40,000 a day.
David Moore, head of tax, said: 'Holidaymakers could be the ones who foot the bill for these additional costs, potentially taking the heat off tour operators who have priced holidays on the basis of a 15-state EU.'
And now the club are facing a massive struggle to foot the bill following attempts by leading Premiership chairmen to stop the Premier League handing over almost pounds 5m in unpaid parachute payments.
The Scottish Executive will help foot the bill for the "Dutch wall" from Albert Pier to the old swimming pool from an pounds 11.8million budget for flood prevention schemes.
The Consumers' Association said shareholders should be forced to foot the bill for redress payments, rather than the money being taken out of the firm's withprofits fund.
Insurance coverage has become the brass ring of the alternative medicine movement, whose advocates believe demand for their services would skyrocket if more private or federal insurers were willing to foot the bill.
While Regent is free to strengthen and expand its religious activities, it should not be free to ask the state to help foot the bill. We're disappointed with today's decision."