Idiom: “foot the bill”-definition, meaning, and examples.

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Definition and meaning of the idiom “foot the bill”

What does the idiom “foot the bill” mean? How can I use the idiom “foot the bill in a full sentence?”

You may even encounter a native speaker using the idiom “to foot the bill.” This saying, counter-intuitively, has nothing to do with feet. By saying this, the speaker is stating that they will pay the bill.

For example, “William often dines with us, but he never foots the bill” which simply means, he never pays.

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Moreover, the person who foots the bill only means he/ she pays the entire bill. The idiom is most often used with dining but can be applied to anything.

Examples of the idiom foot the bill

  • Riley footed the bill as he had gotten a raise. 
  • Fran always has an excuse when it comes time to foot the bill. 
  • His father footed the bill for his college education.
  • The company foots the bill for all business lunches.
  • Ryo hates taking favors, hence always foots the bill when he goes for lunch with his friends.

Let’s practice 

Q1: Try and make your own sentence using the idiom “foot the bill”.

Q2: Who foots the bill usually among your friends?

Q3: Should the man of the woman foot the bill on a date? Why? 

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