pick up the tab/bill/check


Definition of pick up the tab/bill/check

: to pay the money that is owed for something
  • The company picked up the entire tab for my trip.
  • They offered to pick up the check for dinner.

Word by Word Definitions

pick play
  1. : to pierce, penetrate, or break up with a pointed instrument

  2. : to remove bit by bit

  3. : to remove covering or adhering matter from

  1. : a blow or stroke with a pointed instrument

  2. : the act or privilege of choosing or selecting : choice

  3. : the best or choicest one

  1. : a heavy, usually long-handled iron or steel tool pointed at one or both ends — compare mattock

  2. : toothpick

  3. : picklock

  1. : to throw or thrust with effort : hurl

  2. : to throw (a shuttle) across the loom

  1. : the act of pitching or throwing

  2. : something thrown

  3. : a throw of the shuttle

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

tab play
  1. : a short projecting device: such as

  2. : a small flap or loop by which something may be grasped or pulled

  3. : a projection from a card used as an aid in filing

  1. : to furnish or ornament with tabs

  2. : to single out : designate

  3. : tabulate

bill play
  1. : the jaws of a bird together with their horny covering

  2. : a mouthpart (such as the beak of a turtle) that resembles a bird's bill

  3. : the point of an anchor fluke — see anchor illustration

  1. : to touch and rub bill to bill (see 1bill 1)

  2. : to caress affectionately

  1. : a weapon in use up to the 18th century that consists of a long staff ending in a hook-shaped blade

  2. : billhook

  1. : an itemized list or a statement of particulars (such as a list of materials or of members of a ship's crew)

  2. : a written document or note

  3. : a formal petition

  1. : to enter in an accounting system : prepare a bill of (charges)

  2. : to submit a bill (see 4bill 4a) of charges to

  3. : to enter (something, such as freight) in a waybill

check play
  1. : exposure of a chess king to an attack from which he must be protected or moved to safety

  2. : a sudden stoppage of a forward course or progress : arrest

  3. : a checking of an opposing player (as in ice hockey)

  1. : to put (a chess king) in check

  2. : rebuke, reprimand

  3. : to slow or bring to a stop : brake

  1. used to express assent or agreement

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