Foot the bill

verb phrase

To pay the charges; pick up the tab (1819+)
Pay the bill, settle the accounts, as in The bride’s father was resigned to footing the bill for the wedding. This expression uses foot in the sense of “add up and put the total at the foot, or bottom, of an account.” [ ; early 1800s ]


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