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- 1An amount of money owed for goods supplied or services rendered, set out in a printed or written statement of charges: he was running up a bill of hundreds of dollars the bill for their meal came to $17More example sentences
- There were receipts, hospital bills and written statements attesting to court decisions in cases both filed by the protesters and brought against them.
- A stickler for detail, Goring actually reads the fine print on all her bills and credit cards statements to make sure she isn't being overcharged.
- This can allow you to check your balance, view past transactions, pay bills and transfer money between accounts.
- 2A draft of a proposed law presented to parliament for discussion: a debate over the civil rights billMore example sentences
draft law, proposed piece of legislation, proposal, measure
- Within a few weeks a draft bill was presented to parliament; it had two clauses later to become sections 1 and 2 of the Act of 1916.
- Last week, a private members' bill was presented to Parliament calling for a ban on masts near classrooms and homes.
- The government has presented around 30 bills to the parliament, which it wants to pass rapidly during final two weeks of August.
- 3A program of entertainment, especially at a theater: she was top of the bill at America’s leading vaudeville houseMore example sentences
- It can put you top of the bill at the theatre, if it wasn't for Boycie I wouldn't be doing that.
- Top of the bill is a recital at 3pm in the Sensory Gardens by the Army Band conducted by Captain Mark Armstrong.
- The concert will feature a host of local entertainers and top of the bill will be the widely acclaimed Clare singer Larry Mc Evoy.
- 4North American A banknote; a piece of paper money: a ten-dollar billMore example sentences
- He had laid the mail on the table already, bills and bank notes separated from his own personal correspondence.
- She quickly withdrew money from her backpack, folding two ten dollar bills into her pocket.
- Gordon dug in a leather wallet and procured nineteen ten-dollar bills.
- 5A poster or handbill: the circus promoters were posting bills all over townMore example sentences
- Traffic signboards are blatantly misused for sticking posters and bills.
- Well, first we did some illegal bill postering and then we stole some milk crates.
- No controls existed, and as a result adverts and theatre bills were plastered on every available space - hoardings, end walls of buildings, fences.
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- 1 (usually be billed) List (a person or event) in a program: they were billed to appear but didn’t show upMore example sentences
- The result - when the allure of the biggie DJ wears thin, as it has recently, there's nothing to fill the gaps between the next highly billed event.
- Further spice is added with the event being billed in some quarters as a battle royal between Manchester and Merseyside.
- Navin Samarasinghe also entered the final of the men's open event where he is billed to do battle with the hardened Janaka Suwaris.
- 1.1 (bill someone/something as) Describe someone or something in a particular, usually promotional, way, especially as a means of advertisement: he was billed as “the new Sean Connery.”More example sentences
describe as, call, style, label, dub; promote as, publicize as, talk up as, hype as
- Even the advertising campaign on television is billing the tie as a massacre, happily chirruping: ‘If you thought the cricket was bad…‘
- In 1870 the birds were billed as ‘doomed to certain extinction ‘and by 1977 they seemed technically extinct.’
- Now the actual work is billed as ‘Fa'afafine ’, so there will be people coming to this show expecting to learn more about fa'afine.
- 2Send a note of charges to (someone): we shall be billing them for the damage caused [with two objects]: he had been billed $3,000 for his licenseMore example sentences
- The doctor will retain the sort of freedom to choose how they bill, and there'll be a reward for them for bulk billing pensioners and card holders, there's no doubt about that.
- Shivute attributed this to the fact that some councils buy water at a high tariff and then bill their customers at a lower rate, which he said creates a discrepancy.
- Lawson Whyte calculate costs on a percentage of the client budget for larger products, while for smaller works the client is either billed by the hour or a lump sum is agreed in advance.
- 2.1Charge (a sum of money): we billed her $400,000More example sentences
- Last year it settled charges that it illegally billed excessive fees and violated consumer protection regulations.
- He believes that billed revenue this year will be four times last year's figure.
- I hadn't given anyone my number in this town, except the usual people who bill my living expenses.
fit (or fill) the bill
- Be suitable for a particular purpose: a partner is an ally or a companion, and you don’t seem to fit the billMore example sentences
- As a free agent, I had some criteria to meet and this team fitted the bill perfectly.
- Organisers were seeking three Prince's Trust-supported businesses to attend the festival alongside national newspapers and picture agencies, and Finesse Imaging fitted the bill perfectly.
- Not entirely without surprise, serendipity had its way with me and I stumbled on one of my much-loved poems, by Henry Reed, that fitted the bill perfectly.
foot (or pick up) the bill
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- But if they lose the case, or lose the motion to be awarded costs, this law firm will have to eat untold billable hours for an entire staff of attorneys in a major Federal lawsuit that will likely amount to well over a million dollars.
- One guy, my ‘mentor’, ha, told me that certain people wanted to get rid of me, but I had something like the fifth highest billable hours in the firm, so there was hesitancy to do so.
- Use of company vehicles is one conspicuous example, or what type of travel and dining are considered billable is another: rigid rules for subordinates, a goodie-bag for the top guys.
Middle English (denoting a written list or catalog): from Anglo-Norman French bille, probably based on medieval Latin bulla 'seal, sealed document' (see also bull2).
- 1The beak of a bird, especially when it is slender, flattened, or weak, or belongs to a web-footed bird or a bird of the pigeon family.More example sentences
- The American Coot is a medium-sized bird with a white bill, yellow legs, and lobed toes.
- Like wrens, these birds are insectivorous soft bills, and seeds can seriously damage their beaks and digestive systems.
- Actually, I've been planning a whole column devoted just to birds' bills and their feet, so I won't say much about them here.
- 1.1The muzzle of a platypus.More example sentences
- They include the extraordinary bill of the platypus, an egg-laying semiaquatic mammal from Australia.
- The bill of a platypus is soft, flexible, and leathery, unlike a bird's beak.
- The platypus is considered a primitive mammal, yet its bill appears to be highly advanced.
- 1.2The point of an anchor fluke.More example sentences
- The flukes will be buried into the seabed. The very tip of a fluke is sometimes called the bill.
- Each of the plurality of flukes may be provided with an inwardly sloped bill segment at a distal end of the fluke.
- The shank is hinged at the center of the crown, centerpiece, which has two pointed bills, designed to withstand great tension.
- 1.3North American A stiff brim at the front of a cap.More example sentences
- Some of them are almost like a beanie with a bill in front.
- It was one of those close-fitting caps with a very small cloth bill in front.
- Folks, the bill is on the front for reason, to shade your face from the sun.
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- (Of birds, especially doves) stroke bill with bill during courtship.More example sentences
- Two birds, perfectly white, pink-beaked, dark-eyed, pigeons, settled on the ledge outside my window, billing and cooing as birds will in spring.
- Reaching into the past, it must recall words that will fire up the cell cycle and motivate the dormant; billing and cooing, it must recruit and educate the immature.
- Milou and Squawk, two young males, are also beginning to exhibit courtship behavior, hanging out with each other, billing and bowing.
bill and coo
- • informal Exchange caresses or affectionate words; behave or talk in a very loving or sentimental way.More example sentences
- Humans - girl and boy - can learn from the strategies of the male bird when looking for a mate with whom to bill and coo.
- My own personal wife and I hardly ever bill and coo early in the morning any more.
- In The Abdication, they bill and coo once again-this time with spiritual fervor.
- [usually in combination]: the red-billed weaverbirdMore example sentences
- There are two wee blue billed ducks living in the same pond.
- In the present study, all strong billed genera except Drymornis and two of the four existing intermediate genera as defined by Feduccia were sampled.
- Skeptics are challenging the stunning April report that the ivory billed woodpecker - a bird believed to be extinct for decades - had been spotted in Arkansas.
Old English bile, of unknown origin.
- A medieval weapon like a halberd with a hook instead of a blade.More example sentences
- The trees in his orchard were hacked with a bill hook.
- Horse armor was developed to counteract injuries inflicted by such weapons as the bill.
- An iron Bill hook (90 mm length). It would have been used for cutting plants.
Old English bil; related to German Bille 'ax'.