To pay; assume the expense; pay the freight: somebody to pick up the tab, which was important to her (1945+)
[pik-wik] /ˈpɪk wɪk/ noun 1. a picklike implement for catching up and raising a short of an oil lamp.
[pik-wik-ee-uh n] /pɪkˈwɪk i ən/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Mr. Pickwick, central character of The Pickwick Papers. 2. (of the use or interpretation of an expression) intentionally or unintentionally odd or unusual. 3. (of words or ideas) meant or understood in a sense different from the apparent or usual one. /pɪkˈwɪkɪən/ […]
noun, Pathology. 1. an abnormality characterized by extreme obesity accompanied by sleepiness, hypoventilation, and polycythemia. pickwickian syndrome pick·wick·i·an syndrome (pĭk-wĭk’ē-ən) n. A syndrome characterized by extreme obesity, hypoventilation, and general debility.
[pik-wik-ee-uh-niz-uh m] /pɪkˈwɪk i əˌnɪz əm/ noun 1. a statement, expression, word, or the like.