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An implement with a curved blade attached to a handle, used especially for clearing brush and for rough pruning.
(Tools) a cutting tool with a wooden handle and a curved blade terminating in a hook at its tip, used for pruning, chopping, etc. Also called: bill
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]
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]
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]