• He Took out a Five-dollar Bill 159
    He Took out a Five-dollar Bill 159
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n billing request for payment of a debt "they submitted their charges at the end of each month"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Jamestown soldiers carrying polearms (a halberd and a bill). (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Jamestown soldiers carrying polearms (a halberd and a bill). (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
Bill Hollenback coming at you Bill Hollenback coming at you
Two aces--Bill Morley and Harold Weeks Two aces--Bill Morley and Harold Weeks
Uncle Bill and the Boys Uncle Bill and the Boys
Bill Brown as a Farmer Bill Brown as a Farmer
Did you hear that one, Bill? Did you hear that one, Bill?

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Calvin and Hobbes: Hobbes originally had pads on his hands and feet but Bill Waterson (the creator) found them too distracting and removed them.
    • a. & n Billing Caressing; kissing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On the new hundred dollar bill the time on the clock tower of Independence Hall is 4:10.
    • n billing A caressing after the fashion of doves; love-making: as, “your billings and cooings,”
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  • Artur Schnabel
    Artur Schnabel
    “Applause is a receipt, not a bill.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Dreading that climax of all human ills the inflammation of his weekly bills.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “There are two enemies to every bill proposed in Congress, the fools who favor it and the lunatics who oppose it.”
  • Horace Walpole
    “Men are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.”
  • Terence
    “You can take a chance with any man who pays his bills on time.”


Clean bill of health - If something or someone has a clean bill of health, then there's nothing wrong; everything's fine.
Fit the bill - If something fits the bill, it is what is required for the task.
Foot the bill - The person who foots the bill pays the bill for everybody.


In literature:

This adds another big cost to us farmers' bill.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Ole Bill warn't born to be drowned!
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
The number of bills passed during a parliamentary session in those days, was not considerable.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
This bill and the force bill were passed together, and signed the same day.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
But it was true that men looked twice into Bill Bronson's face.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
From the tip of the bill to that of the tail it measures about three and a half inches.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
One of the most noteworthy enactments was Fox's Libel Bill.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
After borrowing money enough from an old school-mate, I paid my board bill and bought a ticket for home.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
During the war the government often obtained ready money by issuing bills at 20 per cent discount.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
It was quite true, for this was the style in which Bill Mosely was accustomed to address new acquaintances.
"Ben's Nugget" by Horatio, Jr. Alger

In poetry:

"Oh, spare her, LORD OF PILLALOO!
(Said BILL) if wed you be,
There's anything I'D rather do
Than flirt with LADY P."
"The Cunning Woman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And puts Bill up with a snaffle,
A four or five inch spur,
And eighteen foot of greenhide
To chop the blinded fur —
"My Mate Bill" by Anonymous Oceania
In heaven! what next, I wonder,
For strike me pink and blue,
If I see whatever in thunder
They'll find for Bill to do.
"My Mate Bill" by Anonymous Oceania
To her good JANE, with kindly yearn
For BILL'S increasing pain,
Repaired in secrecy to learn
How best to make her plain.
"The Cunning Woman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Poor BILL, he gave a heavy sigh,
He tried in vain to speak -
A fat tear started to each eye
And coursed adown each cheek.
"The Cunning Woman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Oh, Bill and Joe to the north have gone,
A green shirt on their back;
There are not many ewes and lambs
Along Kokoda track.
"Up North" by David Campbell

In news:

Bill Gates , co-founder of the the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, checks out a toilet demo at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle, Wash.
Torqued: Pilots Bill of Rights Is Really a Bill of Goods.
" Now, another bill at the State Capitol would create a "Student-Athlete Bill of Rights .
Bill of Rights or 'Bill for Rights'.
The California Foreclosure Reduction Act — Assembly Bill 278 and Senate Bill 900 — passed 53–25 in the Assembly and 24–13 in the Senate.
The county uses "soft billing " when collecting for ambulance service, which means unpaid bills are essentially forgiven.
He said, right now, the city has a combined utility bill and and an option is to take the water revenue off and bill separately.
ELKHART — Brad Billings , funeral director of Billings Funeral Home, was named the 2012 Funeral Director of the Year by the Northern Indiana Funeral Directors Association.
John R Wiest, a native of Billings (AP Photo/ Billings Gazette, Casey Page).
The Architecture Billings Index score in July was 48.7, up from a score of 45.9 in June, yet still indicating a decline in billings .
William Wilkerson and Waco (Texas) lineman Andrew Billings discuss Billings ' final five schools and if a commitment could come soon.
Group thanked senators for introducing a bill that would extend the '08 Farm Bill's energy programs.
Here's an added challenge if you're struggling to pay a medical bill: Your credit can be wrecked if the doctor or hospital kicks your unpaid bill to a collection agency.
As the summer heats up and electric bills rise, Texas officials are warning Lone Star State residents about utility bill payment assistance scams.
FAIRBANKS — Golden Valley Electric Association ratepayers can expect to see electricity bills drop by about 11 percent on their next bill, the Fairbanks-area cooperative company announced Thursday.

In science:

We are grateful to Bill Stoeger, Bruce Bassett, Roy Maartens, and Peter Dunsby for useful comments and suggestions.
1+3 Covariant Cosmic Microwave Background anisotropies I: Algebraic relations for mode and multipole representations
While developing the metacomputer described in this dissertation I sought advice and help from Mark Cornell, Bill Spiesman, and Gary Hansen—who also arranged for the donation of 32 computer processors from AMD.
Computational Asteroseismology
For helpful advice or email correspondence, we thank Orly Alter, Alessandra Buonanno, Carlton Caves, Yanbei Chen, Crispin Gardiner, William Unruh, Yoshihisa Yamamoto, and the members of the 1998–99 Caltech QND Reading Group, most especially Constantin Brif, Bill Kells, Jeff Kimble, Yuri Levin and John Preskill.
The noise in gravitational-wave detectors and other classical-force measurements is not influenced by test-mass quantization
Last year, the one of your authors who first saw a pocket calculator over-paid state tax by 83 cents and received a penalties bill of $10.71 as a reward.
Astrophysics in 2006
As it is standard in the hedge fund industry, the benchmark chosen is the risk free rate of return (3-month T-bills).
Generalizing Simes' test and Hochberg's stepup procedure