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    Default pay the bill vs foot the bill?

    After eating at a restaurant with my friend, I can say "Let me pay/pick up the bill." Is it also appropriate to say "Let me foot the bill" in the same situation? Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: pay the bill vs foot the bill?

    You can in British English.

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    Default Re: pay the bill vs foot the bill?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You can in British English.
    Don't you think "foot the bill" has connotations of paying under duress/reluctantly?

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    Default Re: pay the bill vs foot the bill?

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    After eating at a restaurant with my friend, I can say "Let me pay/pick up the bill." Is it also appropriate to say "Let me foot the bill" in the same situation? Thank you very much.
    A common euphemism (avoiding mention of anything financial) is 'Let me get this.'

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    Default Re: pay the bill vs foot the bill?

    PS Or - more assertive - 'Don't worry - I'll get this.'

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    PPS Or - even more assertive 'Put that away [they've got their wallet out] - I'm getting this.'
    Last edited by BobK; 12-Aug-2011 at 14:03. Reason: PS added

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    Default Re: pay the bill vs foot the bill?

    I don't think that "foot the bill" sounds like it's something that was paid under duress but I would expect it to refer to something of somewhat higher value than a restaurant meal.

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    The taxpayer is footing the bill for the London Olympics.

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