pay the bills

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pay the bills

1. Literally, to pay for one's expenses (such as rent, utilities, etc.). I'm so broke this month that I can hardly pay the bills. Being an actor won't necessarily pay the bills, honey, so I think you should study something else in college.
2. To be the primary source of income with which one pays for one's expenses. Being an actor won't necessarily pay the bills, honey, so I think you should study something else in college. Our app is becoming popular enough that might actually start paying the bills soon.
See also: bill, pay
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