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To divide a check or bill so that each person contributes to it. You don't have to treat me to dinner—let's go Dutch.
[for each person in a pair or a group] to pay for himself or herself. I don't want you to pay for my ticket. Let's go Dutch. Is it still considered a date if you go Dutch?
see under Dutch treat.
go DutchBRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If two or more people go Dutch, they share the cost of the bill for something such as a meal or an evening out. We went Dutch on a cheap Chinese in Shaftesbury Avenue. Many women are happy to go Dutch with a new boyfriend on the first date. Note: You can also say that you have a Dutch treat. He wanted to pay the bill, but I objected and we settled on a Dutch treat.
go Dutchshare the cost of something equally.
An outing or entertainment paid for in this way is a Dutch treat and sharing the cost of a meal in a restaurant is eating Dutch .
1993 Vanity Fair He insists on buying his own tickets, ‘going Dutch’, as he puts it.
go ˈDutch (with somebody)(informal) share the cost of a meal, etc. equally with somebody else: She always insists on going Dutch when they go out together.
in. [for two people] to split the cost of something, such as a meal. (see also Dutch treat.) How about dinner tonight? We’ll go Dutch, okay?
To pay one's own expenses on a date or outing.