Definition of pick up the tab in US English:

pick up the tab


  • Pay for something.

    ‘my company will pick up the tab for all moving expenses’
    • ‘The province picked up the tab to rebuild the roadway, while the city paid for the sidewalks and boulevard enhancements through frontage levies and general taxation.’
    • ‘For example, the company picks up the tab for employees who want to study at third level and provides them with study and exam leave.’
    • ‘After all, while an elderly person is in hospital it is the health authority that picks up the tab for their care, not the council.’
    • ‘But who ultimately picks up the tab for damages awarded against the County Council?’
    • ‘Once injuries are assessed by management and judged genuine, the club picks up the tab for whatever treatment is required.’
    • ‘When four or more people share a cab, the grateful city picks up the tab.’
    • ‘You will, however, as a taxpayer be indirectly picking up the tab for the accident.’
    • ‘The local authority is picking up the tab for practically all costs associated with the development of the estate.’
    • ‘Now that the state picks up the tab, the ownership structure is an uncomfortable anachronism.’
    • ‘Moving, even when your employer picks up the tab, is expensive.’
    pay, pay up, pay out, pay the bill, settle up
    bill, invoice, account, statement, list of charges, note of charges, charge, reckoning, tally
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