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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.
See also: bill, foot
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: bill, foot
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: bill, foot
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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'.
See also: bill, foot
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

foot the bill

be responsible for paying for something.
See also: bill, foot
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: bill, foot
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