pick up the bill

pick up the bill

To pay a bill, especially when paying for others. I know it's old-fashioned, but I still think a guy should pick up the bill on a first date. My employers have offered to pick up the bill if I decide to go to grad school.
See also: bill, pick, up
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[bar] SIR - In your article "Don't drop litter - or you'll pick up the bill" (June 24) you refer to the new Clean Up Britain campaign which urges people not to drop litter but I would like to draw your readers' attention to the work carried out by Keep Wales Tidy.
Uncle Sam must pick up the bill for these dirty habits.