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  1. keannu's Avatar
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    picked up the bill

    I literally translated this to "physically pick up the bill". How do you differentiate it from "actually paying the bill" by the same phrase?

    43)We got on the train in Oaksville, got off at Union, and I
    brought (c)her up to the office. We had lunch and I picked
    up the bill.
    Back at Union, on the platform, we learned our
    train was delayed due to snow. It was bitterly cold. A
    woman approached us.

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    Re: picked up the bill

    It's a colloquial expression. If you're translating it you should say 'I paid the bill' or use an equivalent colloquialism in Korean — if one exists.

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    Re: picked up the bill

    In AmE, we would more commonly say "pick up the check".

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