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bill 1

 (bĭl)
n.
1. An itemized list or statement of fees or charges.
2. A statement or list of particulars, such as a theater program or menu.
3. The entertainment offered by a theater.
4. A public notice, such as an advertising poster.
5.
a. A piece of legal paper money: a ten-dollar bill.
b. Slang One hundred dollars.
6.
a. A bill of exchange.
b. Obsolete A promissory note.
7.
a. A draft of a proposed law presented for approval to a legislative body.
b. The law enacted from such a draft: a bottle bill in effect in three states; the GI Bill.
8. Law
a. A document containing the formal statement of a case in equity; a complaint seeking equitable relief.
b. An indictment or charge in an indictment against an accused person.
tr.v. billed, bill·ing, bills
1. To present a statement of costs or charges to.
2. To enter on a statement of costs or on a particularized list.
3.
a. To advertise or schedule by public notice or as part of a program.
b. To declare or describe officially; proclaim: a policy that was billed as an important departure for the administration.

[Middle English bille, from Norman French, from Medieval Latin billa, alteration of bulla, seal on a document, from Latin, bubble.]

bill′a·ble adj.

bill 2

 (bĭl)
n.
1. A structure projecting from the head of a bird, consisting of the jaws and their horny covering and including the upper and lower mandibles; a beak.
2. A similar horny mouth part, such as that of a turtle.
3. The visor of a cap.
4. Nautical The tip of the fluke of an anchor.
intr.v. billed, bill·ing, bills
To touch beaks together.
Idiom:
bill and coo
To kiss or caress and murmur endearments.

[Middle English, from Old English bile.]

bill 3

 (bĭl)
n.
1. A billhook.
2. A halberd or similar weapon with a hooked blade and a long handle.

[Middle English bil, from Old English bill.]

bill

(bɪl)
n
1. money owed for goods or services supplied: an electricity bill.
2. a written or printed account or statement of money owed
3. chiefly Brit such an account for food and drink in a restaurant, hotel, etc. Usual US and Canadian word: check
4. any printed or written list of items, events, etc, such as a theatre programme: who's on the bill tonight?.
5. fit the bill fill the bill informal to serve or perform adequately
6. (Law) a statute in draft, before it becomes law
7. a printed notice or advertisement; poster
8. US and Canadian a piece of paper money; note
9. (Banking & Finance) an obsolete name for promissory note
10. (Law) law See bill of indictment
11. (Commerce) See bill of exchange
12. See bill of fare
13. archaic any document
vb (tr)
14. to send or present an account for payment to (a person)
15. to enter (items, goods, etc) on an account or statement
16. to advertise by posters
17. to schedule as a future programme: the play is billed for next week.
[C14: from Anglo-Latin billa, alteration of Late Latin bulla document, bull3]

bill

(bɪl)
n
1. (Zoology) the mouthpart of a bird, consisting of projecting jaws covered with a horny sheath; beak. It varies in shape and size according to the type of food eaten and may also be used as a weapon
2. (Zoology) any beaklike mouthpart in other animals
3. (Physical Geography) a narrow promontory: Portland Bill.
4. (Nautical Terms) nautical the pointed tip of the fluke of an anchor
vb (intr)
5. (Zoology) (of birds, esp doves) to touch bills together
6. (of lovers) to kiss and whisper amorously
[Old English bile; related to bill bill3]

bill

(bɪl)
n
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a pike or halberd with a narrow hooked blade
2. (Tools) short for billhook
[Old English bill sword, related to Old Norse bīldr instrument used in blood-letting, Old High German bil pickaxe]

bill

(bɪl)
n
(Zoology) ornithol another word for boom14
[C18: from dialect beel bell2 (vb)]

bill1

(bɪl)
n.
1. a statement of money owed for goods or services supplied.
2. a piece of paper money worth a specified amount: a ten-dollar bill.
3. a form or draft of a proposed statute presented to a legislature, but not yet enacted or passed and made law.
4. a written or printed public notice or advertisement.
5. any written statement of particulars.
6. a written statement, usu. of complaint, presented to a court.
7. Informal. a one-hundred-dollar bill or the sum of one hundred dollars.
9. entertainment scheduled for presentation; program: a good bill at the movies.
v.t.
10. to send a list of charges to.
11. to enter (charges) in a bill.
12. to advertise (something) by bill or public notice.
13. to schedule on a program: to bill the play for two weeks.
Idioms:
fill the bill, to fulfill a particular need.
[1300–50; Middle English bille < Anglo-French < Anglo-Latin billa, for Late Latin bulla bull 2]
bill′er, n.

bill2

(bɪl)
n.
1. the parts of a bird's jaws that are covered with a horny or leathery sheath; beak.
2. the visor of a cap.
3. a beaklike headland.
v.i.
4. to join bills, as doves.
Idioms:
bill and coo, to kiss or fondle and whisper endearments.
[before 1000; Middle English bile, bille, Old English bile beak, trunk; akin to bill 3]

bill3

(bɪl)

n.
1. a medieval shafted weapon having at its head a hooklike cutting blade with a beak at the back.
2. Also called billhook. a sharp, hooked instrument used for pruning, cutting, etc.
3. the extremity of a fluke of an anchor.
[before 1000; Middle English bil, Old English bill sword, c. Old High German bill pickax]

bill

(bĭl)
The horny, projecting mouthparts of a bird. Bills have different sizes and shapes depending on how birds feed and what they eat.

bill

A ship's publication listing operational or administrative procedures.

bill

check

In British English, a bill is a piece of paper showing how much money you must pay for a meal in a restaurant.

We paid our bill and left.

In American English, a piece of paper like this is called a check.

He waved to a waiter and asked for the check.

In both British and American English, a bill is a piece of paper that shows how much money you must pay for services such as electricity or gas.

If you are finding it difficult to pay your gas bill, please let us know quickly.
I ran up a huge phone bill.

In American English, a bill is also a piece of paper money.


note

bill
1. 'note'

In British English, a note is a piece of paper money.

He handed me a ten pound note.
2. 'bill'

A piece of American paper money is called a bill, not a 'note'.

He took out a five dollar bill.

bill


Past participle: billed
Gerund: billing

Imperative
bill
bill
Present
I bill
you bill
he/she/it bills
we bill
you bill
they bill
Preterite
I billed
you billed
he/she/it billed
we billed
you billed
they billed
Present Continuous
I am billing
you are billing
he/she/it is billing
we are billing
you are billing
they are billing
Present Perfect
I have billed
you have billed
he/she/it has billed
we have billed
you have billed
they have billed
Past Continuous
I was billing
you were billing
he/she/it was billing
we were billing
you were billing
they were billing
Past Perfect
I had billed
you had billed
he/she/it had billed
we had billed
you had billed
they had billed
Future
I will bill
you will bill
he/she/it will bill
we will bill
you will bill
they will bill
Future Perfect
I will have billed
you will have billed
he/she/it will have billed
we will have billed
you will have billed
they will have billed
Future Continuous
I will be billing
you will be billing
he/she/it will be billing
we will be billing
you will be billing
they will be billing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been billing
you have been billing
he/she/it has been billing
we have been billing
you have been billing
they have been billing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been billing
you will have been billing
he/she/it will have been billing
we will have been billing
you will have been billing
they will have been billing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been billing
you had been billing
he/she/it had been billing
we had been billing
you had been billing
they had been billing
Conditional
I would bill
you would bill
he/she/it would bill
we would bill
you would bill
they would bill
Past Conditional
I would have billed
you would have billed
he/she/it would have billed
we would have billed
you would have billed
they would have billed

bill

(restaurant) check
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bill - a statute in draft before it becomes lawbill - a statute in draft before it becomes law; "they held a public hearing on the bill"
rider - a clause that is appended to a legislative bill
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument - (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
appropriation bill - a legislative act proposing to authorize the expenditure of public funds for a specified purpose
bill of attainder - a legislative act finding a person guilty of treason or felony without a trial; "bills of attainder are prohibited by the Constitution of the United States"
bottle bill - a statute that would require merchants to reclaim used bottles
farm bill - a statute that would regulate farm production and prices
trade bill - a statute that would regulate foreign trade
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
2.bill - an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services renderedbill - an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered; "he paid his bill and left"; "send me an account of what I owe"
financial statement, statement - a document showing credits and debits
electric bill - a bill for money owed for electricity used
hotel bill - statement of charges for staying in a hotel
doctor's bill, medical bill - statement of charges for medical services
phone bill, telephone bill - statement of charges for telephone service
reckoning, tally - a bill for an amount due
tax bill - money owed for taxes
tab, chit, check - the bill in a restaurant; "he asked the waiter for the check"
3.bill - a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank)bill - a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank); "he peeled off five one-thousand-zloty notes"
folding money, paper currency, paper money - currency issued by a government or central bank and consisting of printed paper that can circulate as a substitute for specie
silver certificate - formerly a bank note issued by the United States Treasury and redeemable in silver
c-note, hundred dollar bill - a United States bill worth 100 dollars
fifty dollar bill, fifty - a United States bill worth 50 dollars
twenty dollar bill, twenty - a United States bill worth 20 dollars
ten dollar bill, tenner - a United States bill worth 10 dollars
five dollar bill, fiver, five-spot - a United States bill worth 5 dollars
two dollar bill - a United States bill worth 2 dollars
dollar bill, one dollar bill, buck, clam, dollar - a piece of paper money worth one dollar
4.bill - the entertainment offered at a public presentation
programme, program - a performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation; "the program lasted more than two hours"
5.bill - an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distributionbill - an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution; "he mailed the circular to all subscribers"
ad, advert, advertisement, advertising, advertizement, advertizing - a public promotion of some product or service
stuffer - an advertising circular that is enclosed with other material and (usually) sent by mail
6.bill - a sign posted in a public place as an advertisementbill - a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement; "a poster advertised the coming attractions"
sign - a public display of a message; "he posted signs in all the shop windows"
show bill, show card, theatrical poster - a poster advertising a show or play
flash card, flashcard - a card with words or numbers or pictures that is flashed to a class by the teacher
7.bill - a list of particulars (as a playbill or bill of fare)bill - a list of particulars (as a playbill or bill of fare)
list, listing - a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)
bill of entry - a list of goods received at a customhouse for export or import
bill of goods - a consignment of merchandise
bill of fare, carte, carte du jour, menu, card - a list of dishes available at a restaurant; "the menu was in French"
playbill - a theatrical program; "he couldn't find her name on the playbill"
8.bill - a long-handled saw with a curved bladebill - a long-handled saw with a curved blade; "he used a bill to prune branches off of the tree"
saw - hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting
9.bill - a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyesbill - a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes; "he pulled down the bill of his cap and trudged ahead"
baseball cap, golf cap, jockey cap - a cap with a bill
brim - a circular projection that sticks outward from the crown of a hat
kepi, peaked cap, service cap, yachting cap - a cap with a flat circular top and a visor
10.bill - horny projecting mouth of a birdbill - horny projecting mouth of a bird  
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
cere - the fleshy, waxy covering at the base of the upper beak of some birds
mouth - the externally visible part of the oral cavity on the face and the system of organs surrounding the opening; "she wiped lipstick from her mouth"
Verb1.bill - demand payment; "Will I get charged for this service?"; "We were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although we stayed only 3 nights"
account, calculate - keep an account of
levy, impose - impose and collect; "levy a fine"
tithe - exact a tithe from; "The church was tithed"
assess - charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax or a fine
undercharge - charge (someone) too little money
surcharge - charge an extra fee, as for a special service
invoice - send an bill to; "She invoiced the company for her expenses"
charge - enter a certain amount as a charge; "he charged me $15"
2.bill - advertise especially by posters or placardsbill - advertise especially by posters or placards; "He was billed as the greatest tenor since Caruso"
advertize, advertise, promote, push - make publicity for; try to sell (a product); "The salesman is aggressively pushing the new computer model"; "The company is heavily advertizing their new laptops"
3.bill - publicize or announce by placards
post - publicize with, or as if with, a poster; "I'll post the news on the bulletin board"

bill

1
noun
1. charges, rate, costs, score, account, damage (informal), statement, reckoning, expense, tally, invoice, note of charge They couldn't afford to pay the bills.
2. banknote, green-back (U.S.), note The case contained a large quantity of US dollar bills.
3. act of parliament, measure, proposal, piece of legislation, draft law, projected law The bill was opposed by a large majority.
4. list, listing, programme, card, schedule, agenda, catalogue, inventory, roster, syllabus He is topping the bill at a dusk-to-dawn party.
verb
1. charge, debit, invoice, send a statement to, send an invoice to Are you going to bill me for this?
2. advertise, post, announce, push (informal), declare, promote, plug (informal), proclaim, tout, flaunt, publicize, crack up (informal), give advance notice of They bill it as Britain's most exciting museum.
fit the bill be suitable, fit, be right, be suited, be cut out for If you think you fit the bill, send a CV.
foot the bill pay, cough up (informal), meet the cost Who is footing the bill for her extravagant holiday?

bill

noun beak, nib, neb (archaic or dialect), mandible Its legs and feet are grey, its bill brownish-yellow.

bill 1

noun
1. A precise list of fees or charges:
Informal: tab.
2. A document, such as a list or an outline, that gives, for example, the order of events in a public performance or the chief features of a stock offering:
3. A usually public posting that conveys a message:
4. The formal product of a legislative or judicial body:
verb
To present a statement of fees or charges to:

bill 2

noun
1. The horny projection forming a bird's jaws:
2. The projecting rim on the front of a cap:
Translations
إعْلان، دِعايَهفاتُورَةكَشْف، حِساب، فاتورَهمَشْرُوع قانونمِنْقار
човка
bankovkaúčetvyúčtovatzobáknávrh zákona
regningpengeseddelplakatdebiterelovforslag
laskusetelivesurilaskuttaaluettelo
novčanicaprijedlog zakonaračun
auglÿsingaspjaldfuglsnef, goggurpeningaseîillreikningursenda reikning
法案紙幣請求書
계산서법안지폐
afišaaizsūtīt rēķinubanknoteknābisplakāts
vyúčtovať
bankovecračun
räkningsedelväxelaffischaffischera
ใบแจ้งหนี้ธนบัตรร่างกฎหมาย
banknotfaturafaturayı yollamakgagahesabı göndermek
dự luậtgiấy bạchóa đơn

Bill

[bɪl] N
1. (familiar form) of William
2. (Brit) the (Old) Billla poli, la pasma (Sp)

bill

1 [bɪl]
A. N
1. (esp Brit) (in restaurant, hotel etc) → cuenta f, adición f (S. Cone)
can we have the bill, please?¿nos trae la cuenta, por favor?
to pay the billpagar la cuenta
put it on my bill, pleasepóngalo en mi cuenta
to foot the bill (for sth)correr con los gastos (de algo), pagar (algo)
2. (Comm, Fin) (= invoice) → factura f
the gas billla factura del gas
wage(s) bill (in industry) → gastos mpl de nómina or salariales
bills discountedefectos mpl descontados
bills payableefectos mpl a pagar
bills receivableefectos mpl a cobrar
3. (Parl) → proyecto m de ley
the bill passed the Commons (Brit) → el proyecto de ley fue aprobado en la Cámara de los Comunes
4. (US) (= banknote) → billete m
a 5-dollar billun billete de 5 dólares
5. (= notice) → cartel m
"stick no bills"prohibido fijar carteles
6. (Theat) → programa m
to head or top the billser la atracción principal, encabezar el reparto
that fills or fits the billeso cumple los requisitos
B. VT
1. (Theat) → anunciar, presentar
he is billed to appear next weekfigura en el programa de la semana que viene
it is billed as Britain's most interesting museumlo presentan como el museo más interesante de Gran Bretaña
2. (Comm) to bill sb for sthextender or pasar a algn la factura de algo
you've billed me for five instead of fourme ha puesto cinco en vez de cuatro en la factura
C. CPD bill of exchange Nletra f de cambio
bill of fare Ncarta f, menú m
bill of health N the doctor gave him a clean bill of healthel médico le aseguró que estaba perfectamente
bill of lading Nconocimiento m de embarque
bill of rights Ndeclaración f de derechos
bill of sale Nescritura f de venta

bill

2 [bɪl]
A. N
1. [of bird] → pico m
2. [of anchor] → uña f
3. (Agr) → podadera f, podón m
4. (Geog) → promontorio m
B. VI to bill and coo [birds] → arrullarse (fig) [lovers] → arrullarse, hacerse arrumacos
BILL OF RIGHTS
El conjunto de las diez enmiendas (amendments) originales a la Constitución de los Estados Unidos, en vigor desde 1791, recibe el nombre de Bill of Rights. Aquí se enumeran los derechos que tiene todo ciudadano norteamericano y se definen algunos de los poderes de los gobiernos estatales y federal. Se incluyen, por ejemplo, el derecho a la libertad de culto, de asociación y de prensa (First Amendment), el derecho a llevar armas (Second Amendment) y el derecho a un juicio justo (Sixth Amendment). Entre las enmiendas hechas a la Constitución después de 1791 están el derecho a la igualdad de protección legal para todos los ciudadanos (Fourteenth Amendment) y el derecho al voto (Fifteenth Amendment).

bill

[ˈbɪl]
n
(for gas, electricity, phone)note f, facture f
to foot the bill → payer la note
(in restaurant)addition f
Can we have the bill, please? → L'addition, s'il vous plaît.
May I have the bill please? → L'addition, s'il vous plaît?, Est-ce que je peux avoir l'addition, s'il vous plaît?
(in hotel)note f
(POLITICS) (in parliament)projet m de loi
(US) (= banknote) → billet m (de banque)
a five-dollar bill → un billet de cinq dollars
(= notice) → affiche f
"stick no bills", "post no bills" → "défense d'afficher"
(THEATRE) on the bill → à l'affiche
to top the bill → être en vedette, être en tête d'affiche
[bird] → bec m
to fit the bill, to fill the bill (= be suitable) [person, thing] → faire l'affaire; [job applicant] → avoir le profil
(COMMERCE) bill of exchange, bill of lading, bill of sale
vt
[+ item] → facturer
[+ customer] → remettre la facture à
it is billed as (= said to be) [show, event] → on dit que c'est

bill

:
billfold
n (US) → Brieftasche f
billhead
n (= heading)Rechnungskopf m; (= sheet)Rechnungsformular nt
billhook
nHippe f

bill

1
n
(of bird, turtle)Schnabel m
(Geog) → Landzunge f
vi (bird)schnäbeln; to bill and coo (birds)schnäbeln und gurren; (fig, people) → (miteinander) turteln

bill

2
n
(= statement of charges)Rechnung f; could we have the bill please? (esp Brit) → zahlen bitte!, wir möchten bitte zahlen
(US: = banknote) → Banknote f, → Schein m; five-dollar billFünfdollarschein mor -note f
(= poster)Plakat nt; (on notice board) → Anschlag m; (= public announcement)Aushang m; “post no bills” (Brit) → Plakate ankleben verboten
(Theat: = programme) → Programm nt; to head or top the bill, to be top of the billStar mdes Abends/der Saison sein; (act)die Hauptattraktion sein
bill of fareSpeisekarte f
(Parl) → (Gesetz)entwurf m, → (Gesetzes)vorlage f; the bill was passeddas Gesetz wurde verabschiedet
(esp Comm, Fin: = certificate, statement) bill of lading (Naut) → Seefrachtbrief m, → Konnossement nt; bill of exchangeWechsel m, → Tratte f; bill of saleVerkaufsurkunde f; bill of health (Naut) → Gesundheitsattest nt; to give somebody a clean bill of health (lit, fig)jdm (gute) Gesundheit bescheinigen; to fit or fill the bill (fig)der/die/das Richtige sein, passen
(Jur) bill of attainder (Brit Hist) Anklage und Urteil gegen politische Persönlichkeiten in Form eines Gesetzes (US) unmittelbare Bestrafung einer Person durch den Gesetzgeber bill of indictmentAnklageschrift f
vt
customerseine Rechnung ausstellen (+dat); we won’t bill you for that, sir (= not charge)wir werden Ihnen das nicht berechnen or in Rechnung stellen (form)
play, actorankündigen; (fig: = advertise) → anpreisen; he’s billed at the King’s Theatreer soll im King’s Theatre auftreten; to bill oneself as …sich anpreisen als …

bill

1 [bɪl]
1. n
a. (account) → fattura; (in hotel, restaurant) → conto; (for gas, electricity) → bolletta
could I have the bill please? → il conto, per piacere
b. (Parliament) → progetto di legge
c. (Am) (banknote) → banconota, biglietto
d. (notice) → avviso
"post no bills" → "divieto di affissione"
that fits the bill (fig) → quello fa proprio al caso mio (or tuo )
e. (Theatre) → cartellone m, manifesto; (smaller) → locandina
to top the bill → essere in cima al cartellone
on the bill → in cartellone
f. (Comm, Fin) → cambiale f
2. vt
a. (customer) to bill sb for sthmandare la fattura di qc a qn
b. (Theatre) → mettere in cartellone

bill

2 [bɪl]
1. n (of bird) → becco
2. vi to bill and cootubare

bill1

(bil) noun
a bird's beak. a bird with a yellow bill.

bill2

(bil) noun
1. an account of money owed for goods etc. an electricity bill.
2. (American) a banknote. a five-dollar bill.
3. a poster used for advertising.
verb
to send an account (to someone). We'll bill you next month for your purchases.
ˈbillboard noun
a large board on which advertising posters are displayed. He stuck posters on the billboard.
ˈbillfold noun
(American) a wallet. a billfold full of dollars.
fill the bill
to be suitable; to be exactly what is required. We are looking for a new car and this will fill the bill.

bill

فاتُورَة, مَشْرُوع قانون, وَرَقَة مالِيَّة, وَرَقةٌ نِقْدِيَةِ bankovka, návrh zákona, účet lovforslag, pengeseddel, regning Banknote, Gesetzentwurf, Rechnung λογαριασμός, νομοσχέδιο, χαρτονόμισμα billete, billete de banco, cuenta, proyecto de ley lakiesitys, lasku, seteli billet, billet de banque, note, projet de loi novčanica, prijedlog zakona, račun banconota, conto, progetto di legge 法案, 紙幣, 請求書 계산서, 법안, 지폐 bankbiljet, rekening, wetsontwerp lovforslag, pengeseddel, regning, seddel banknot, projekt ustawy, rachunek cédula, conta, nota, projeto de lei банкнота, законопроект, счет proposition, räkning, sedel ใบแจ้งหนี้, ธนบัตร, ร่างกฎหมาย banknot, hesap, kağıt para, yasa dự luật, giấy bạc, hóa đơn 帐单, 议案, 钞票

bill

n. [statement] cuenta; [currency] billete.

bill

n (statement of charges) cuenta, factura
References in classic literature ?
I'll send my bill, by-and-by, and tonight I'll give you some- thing that will warm the cockles of your heart better than quarts of wine," said Laurie, beaming at her with a face of suppressed satisfaction at something.
Jake paid his fine with a ten-dollar bill grandfather had given him for that purpose.
He felt in his vest pocket; there was a ten-dollar bill there.
The young Mohican bent over the track, and removing the scattered leaves from around the place, he examined it with much of that sort of scrutiny that a money dealer, in these days of pecuniary doubts, would bestow on a suspected due- bill.
I take it that this part of the bill must have run something like this: Grand Contested Election for the Presidency of the United States.
But already the sable wing was before the old man's eyes; the long hooked bill at his head: with a scream, the black hawk darted away with his prize.
During this time the mother began to cry, "Oh, my poor Bill, I must go and meet him; he must be hurt.
Worst of all was the frightful bill that was still to come from Graiczunas for the beer and liquor that might be consumed.
Mas'r wants you to cotch Bill and Jerry," said Andy, cutting short Sam's soliloquy.
But, if I deny the authority of the State when it presents its tax bill, it will soon take and waste all my property, and so harass me and my children without end.
He got in all the details, and that is a good thing in a local item: you see, he had kept books for the undertaker- department of his church when he was younger, and there, you know, the money's in the details; the more details, the more swag: bearers, mutes, candles, prayers -- everything counts; and if the bereaved don't buy prayers enough you mark up your candles with a forked pencil, and your bill shows up all right.
Buffalo Bill taught me the most of what I know, my mother taught me much, and I taught myself the rest.