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Idioms

pick up the tab | pick up the bill

This page is about the idiom pick up the tab | pick up the bill

INFORMAL

Meaning

If you pick up the tab, or pick up the bill, you pay for yourself and your friends in a restaurant or a bar.

For example

  • When people go out to celebrate a birthday in Thailand, whoever's having the birthday picks up the tab.

  • In general in Asia, the person with the highest status picks up the bill in a restaurant.

Quick Quiz

Larry is a very generous guy and he

a. never picks up the tab

b. always picks up the tab

c. occasionally picks up the tab

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