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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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References in classic literature ?
had been chartered by a syndicate of wealthy manufacturers, equipped with a laboratory and a staff of scientists, and sent out to search for some natural product which the manufacturers who footed the bills had been importing from South America at an enormous cost.
CHELSEA owner Roman Abramovich footed the bill for an event where a club legend returned for the first time in 40 years.
Who footed the bill? And why act as if Oslo is alive and well?
Catnic's Litetile roofing system footed the bill perfectly.
Percentage of businesses having holiday parties that footed the bill for these parties: 63
In a news release issued Monday, NASD claimed that Wells footed the bill for two annual conferences in Scottsdale, Adz.
Until now the Orkney Council has footed the bill for any damage caused to property during the rowdy Christmas and New Year event.
First he footed the bill at a swish Hollywood restaurant.
While other old-fashioned types might have footed the bill for a group of young ladies, the Hoff recited exactly what he'd ordered, plonked his $30 (PS19) share on the table and then left the girls to foot the rest of the bill.
One Rockefeller Center employee says that Tishman Speyer floated the idea of hiring bomb-sniffing dogs, much to the chagrin of its corporate tenants who would have footed the bill. The management firm apparently balked at the idea after tenants heard the cost.