pick up the tab
To pay the bill in a restaurant; be the one who underwrites financially what others are doing.
Платить по счету, брать все расходы на себя.
"I am always the one who picks up the tab," Charlie complained bitterly. "Others get away with being freeloaders."
In the old days, the man would pick up the tab, but nowadays nobody is quite sure.
Раньше мужчина всегда платил по счету, но сегодня в этом никто не может быть уверен.
The advertising manager is flying to Puerto Rico for a conference, and her firm is picking up the tab.
The government picked up the tab for the visiting dignitary. It paid for all of the lodging and meals, as well as transportation, during his stay.
To take up; lift.
During the morning Mrs. Carter picked up sticks in the yard.
Harry picked up the newspaper that was on the front doorstep.
Could you pick your toy up before someone falls over it?
To pay for someone else.
After lunch, in the restaurant, Uncle Bob picked up the check.
To take on or away; receive; get.
At the next corner the bus stopped and picked up three people.
To get from different places at different times; a little at a time; collect.
He had picked up rare coins in seaports all over the world.
To get without trying; get accidentally.
He picked up knowledge of radio just by staying around the radio station.
Billy picked up a cold at school.
To gather together; collect. To make neat and tidy; put in order. Tidy a place up.
When the carpenter finished making the cabinet, he began picking up his tools.
Pick up your room before Mother sees it.
It's almost dinner time, children. Time to pick up and get ready.
To catch the sound of.
He picked up Chicago on the radio.
To get acquainted with (someone) without an introduction; make friends with (a person of the other sex).
Mother told Mary not to walk home by herself from the party because some stranger might try to pick her up.
To take to the police station or jail; arrest.
Police picked the man up for burglary.
To recognize the trail of a hunted person or animal; find.
State police picked up the bandit's trail.
The dogs picked up the fox's smell.
To make (someone) feel better; refresh.
A little food will pick you up.
Many people have to drink coffee every morning just to pick themselves up.
To increase (the speed); make (the speed) faster. To become faster; become livelier.
The teacher told her singing class to pick up the tempo.
The car picked up speed.
The speed of the train began to pick up.
After the band practiced for a while, the music began to pick up.
To start again after interruption; go on with.
The class picked up the story where they had left it before the holiday.
They met after five years, and picked up their friendship as if there had been no interruption.
To become better; recover; gain.
She picked up in her schoolwork.
He picked up gradually after a long illness.
His spirits picked up as he came near home.