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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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Claiming to have sighted the email invite allegedly sent out by a police officer, Sarawak Report had said it implied that the police force would be footing the bill for travel and accommodation expenses instead of the IGP.
Jan Buglass: "As a taxpayer I'd like to know why we are footing the bill? It is well known that there were pits in that area, so surely their initial investigations should have been more vigorous before they decided just to throw them up anyway and collect the money on sales?
Billionaire Abramovich contacted organisers of the event at the West London stadium and insisted on footing the bill.
Someones footing the bill and it shouldnt be the tribe.
Council chiefs claim they are owed nearly PS500,000 by the Probation Service after footing the bill for a new PS1.2million probation suite when Coventry Magistrates' Court was built in the 1980s.
"It is the government of South Sudan footing the bill of the operation which started officially on December 23, last year when a fierce fighting broke out in Juba and entered to other towns," defence minister Kuol Manyang Juuk told Eye Radio's Sundown show.
The report says investment in fossil-fuel plants rather than renewables would leave Brits footing the bill for the increasing costs of coal and gas to make electricity.
A MIDLANDS highways boss has assured tax payers they are not footing the bill for utility firms botching road repairs.
It seems to me unimportant whether they are paid to be in work or out of it, either way taxpayers are footing the bill.
Summary: Jaguar Land Rover is set for a loan worth Au270 million with the European Investment Bank footing the bill.
St Helens is under a duty to continue footing the bill, he argued, because it carried out P's initial care assessment in 1999 and 2000.
Congress won't ever move to eliminate it for the same reason the program was started in the first place--each small, powerful interest group getting these benefits has much more incentive to punish lawmakers who cross them than does the average taxpayer footing the bill.
It's unlikely, however, that insurers are footing the bill for Barbaro's expensive medical treatment, the experts said.
I would suggest that somewhere along the line the tax payers, council tax payers and the man in the street are footing the bill for subcontracting procedures which should be looked at.
It's the argument which has cost pounds 4.1m - and guess who has been left footing the bill?