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Difference between Foot the bill and Top the bill

foot the bill

1. pay the bill, especially when considered large:

  • When the Simpsons moved away, Greg was left to foot the bill for the building supplies.

2. pay for smth. whose cost is considered unreasonable (especially in consequence of smb.’s actions):

  • The pharmaceutical industry will continue to hike drug costs, and consumers will foot the bill.

top the billbe the most important item or person on a program of entertainments:

  • The following year, she topped the bill at the Parisian music hall for a series of concerts there.