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fill the bill

To be helpful, useful, or what is needed in a certain situation. A: "I need another string of lights." B: "Will this one fill the bill?"
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fill the bill

 and fit the bill
to be acceptable. Jane: I need some string. Tom: Here's some twine. Will it fill the bill? I need cloth to make a shirt. This muslin ought to fit the bill.
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fill the bill

Serve a particular purpose well, as in I was afraid there wasn't enough chicken for everyone, but this casserole will fill the bill , or Karen's testimony just fills the bill, so we're sure to get a conviction. This expression alludes to adding less-known performers to a program (or bill) in order to make a long enough entertainment. [First half of 1800s]
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fill the bill

Informal
To serve a particular purpose.
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fill the bill, to

To satisfy the requirements, to suit a purpose. This term originally came from the nineteenth-century American stage, where the posters announcing a program would list the star attractions and then add lesser-known entertainers to complete the show (or fill out the bill). By mid-century the term had been transferred to other areas, where it acquired a more primary sense of providing what was needed. Thus a political article in Harper’s Magazine in 1890 included the comment. “They filled the bill according to their lights.”
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At only a couple of hours notice, 10-year-old James Chen and his brother Jeremy, eight, stepped in to fill the bill after Russell Thompson, a concert pianist from North Wales, was taken ill with a suspected heart attack just hours before he was due to play at Redcar's Tuned In!
The Phoenix Park show attracts 100,000 fans every year but will not go ahead this summer - because there aren't enough Irish pop acts to fill the bill.
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The distinguished Iranian scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr would seem to fill the bill perfectly.
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But now organisers are working around the clock to fill the bill with acts worthy of such a flagship occasion.
A yellow house next door to a construction site appeared to fill the bill. "Let me find my glasses," said a middle-aged woman who came out to help.
I am wont to recommend African mahogany and soft maple to fill the bill for comparable grain characteristics at a decent price.
Now, a research team has identified two new proteins that seem to fill the bill. "They may be key to unlocking taste.
The search to fill the bill has resulted in a diverse and perhaps esoteric group of markets, ranging from Seattle and Portland in the majestic Pacific Northwest and San Jose in the heart of California's wealthy Silicon Valley, across the U.S.
But thanks to nature's ability to renew herself, the Cohutta Mountains could be made to fill the bill. This area illustrates the resiliency of the eastern hardwood forests.
There simply aren't enough pop bands in Ireland anymore to fill the bill. Everyone is into rock now and the pop industry is losing millions.
Organisers planning Teesside's biggest one-day music bash have appealed for help to fill the bill.
DRESSED TO FILL THE BILL: Swan Theatre actresses Eliza Lumley (left) and Isabel Pollen model two of the costumes; TV AND STAGE STAR:Diana Rigg; ONE OF THE GREATS: David Suchet; ACTING LEGEND: Dame Peggy Ashcroft
Hot Music provided the headline names long before this month's official announcements, but now organisers are working around the clock to fill the bill with acts worthy of such a flagship occasion.