foot the bill


: to pay for something
His parents footed the bill for his college education.
It's a business lunch, so the company is footing the bill.

Examples of foot the bill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The director reached out to philanthropists from the Ford Foundation, Melinda French Gates, NBA stars like Chris Paul, and others to foot the bill for her $38 million picture. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 23 Jan. 2024 An autoworker in Michigan no longer had to foot the bill for a hedge fund manager in New Jersey to write off his state tax bill. Daniel Bunn, Fortune, 29 Jan. 2024 DiFranco, a longtime friend of Mitchell's, even footed the bill and produced the LP, before releasing it on her own label, Righteous Babe Records. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 23 Jan. 2024 Democratic state lawmakers want gun manufacturers to help foot the bill for trauma injuries, including gunshot wounds, following an example set by California last year. Katie Shepherd, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2024 Instead, the Justice Department is footing the bill by using funds from an account for independent counsels. Erica Brown, CBS News, 11 Dec. 2023 And because most of the hospital’s patients are on Medicaid or uninsured, taxpayers foot the bill. Aimee Ortiz, New York Times, 7 Dec. 2023 Though commercial fishing vessels have taken federal observers on trips for decades, the regulation required them to foot the bill for the at-sea monitoring, which can cost more than $700 per day and eat into profits. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 17 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile, the European Union and the Gulf states were always ready to foot the bill to reconstruct the ruins in the strip. Jean-Pierre Filiu, Foreign Affairs, 1 Jan. 2024 See More

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“Foot the bill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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