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02 / 05 / 2007

TO PICK UP (2): meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend (for those of you that had one).

Today we continue with the very versatile English phrasal verb, to pick up. On Monday we saw that it can mean to lift something or someone up from a surface, for example a telephone. For the next few days we will look at some fixed expressions with this verb.

Today's expression is: to pick up the bill, tab, etc. for something (informal)

It means: to pay for something.

Example 1:
The company picked up the tab so that the sales representatives didn't have to pay. (tab = cuenta)

Example 2:
The government will continue to pick up university fees for low-income students who can't afford to pay.

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