pick up the tab


US, informal
: to pay a bill (such as for a meal or drinks at a bar)
She offered to pick up the tab for the meal.

Examples of pick up the tab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After Bowser’s answer, however, Brennan questioned whether local and national taxpayers would be forced to pick up the tab for these migrants. Lindsay Kornick, Fox News, 18 July 2022 Metroparks will seek other sources, such as donations, for the property, but will pick up the tab for any remaining costs, according to agenda notes from the district’s September meeting. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 31 Oct. 2022 But like many emergency surgeons, Haller shuns most health insurance contracts and puts the onus on patients to pick up the tab. Bob Herman, STAT, 29 Apr. 2022 Local, county and nonprofit hospitals typically then pick up the tab for these patients. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Sep. 2021 Keep the conversation going and provide a window of opportunity for the other person to pick up the tab. Taryn Bushrod, Essence, 5 Aug. 2021 Kerwin Olson, executive director of consumer advocate group Citizens Action Coalition, said utility customers should not be expected to pick up the tab for replacement power when a plant goes offline. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Nov. 2022 In hopes to boost dinner-hour traffic downtown, Orlando officials are planning to pick up the tab on some parking expenses. Ryan Gillespie, Orlando Sentinel, 31 Mar. 2023 The Environmental Protection Agency is demanding the rail company responsible clean contaminated water and soil, and pick up the tab on all cleanup expenses. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 21 Feb. 2023 See More

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“Pick up the tab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pick%20up%20the%20tab. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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