on the hook for


US, informal
: owing money for (something) : responsible for (something)
He's still on the hook for the cost of the repairs.

Examples of on the hook for in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The governor must right-size state funding and ensure taxpayers aren’t left on the hook for her failure. Thomas Catenacci, Fox News, 21 Nov. 2023 Anyone can add expenses, see who’s on the hook for what, and settle up, as no one person is in charge of the group. Wes Davis, The Verge, 14 Nov. 2023 The company signed long-term leases and gave its customers the flexibility of renting for just a day or a month at a time—but when customers ditched their desks, WeWork was still on the hook for its often gargantuan leases. WIRED, 7 Nov. 2023 After the San Diego Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the 22 women who sued GirlsDoPorn, Domi Publications was one of the entities on the hook for paying the judgment. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2023 Banks worry that covering the cost of authorized transactions will encourage more fraud and put them on the hook for potentially billions of dollars. Reuters, NBC News, 13 Nov. 2023 The lawsuit also states that Wright and Landers are on the hook for the business' tax liabilities without receiving revenue. Neal Earley, Arkansas Online, 24 Oct. 2023 This has left Nepal on the hook for an international airport, at a significantly inflated price, without the necessary passengers to repay loans to its Chinese lender. Claire Fu, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2023 The language in the draft bill states that those who violate the rule would be on the hook for $5,000 per violation or the damages suffered by the party who brought the claim forward. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 12 Oct. 2023 See More

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“On the hook for.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20hook%20for. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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