Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    Rita Lee is offline Newbie
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    1
    Post Thanks / Like

    Smile What does "it pays the bills" mean?

    What does "it pays the bills" mean?

  2. #2
    pyoung is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    909
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What does "it pays the bills" mean?

    Dear Rita:

    Quote Originally Posted by Rita Lee View Post
    What does "it pays the bills" mean?
    Unless there is some special context, it means 'by means of this, I am able to earn a living.'

    'I don't much enjoy my job as a coal miner/pole dancer/bear wrestler/etc., but it pays the bills.'

    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] "it was..." and "it can be..."
    By preini in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-Mar-2009, 07:36
  2. "It is necessary to..." VS "It is needed to"
    By sudarawee in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 19-Jun-2008, 08:09
  3. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 15-Dec-2007, 04:06
  4. using "it needs" like "it takes"
    By vulpes in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-Jan-2005, 01:38
  5. "it was an act of bravery" or "it was an acti
    By Cicily21 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 08-Sep-2004, 06:33

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •