fill the bill

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Related to fill the bill: fit the bill


v. filled, fill·ing, fills
a. To put something into (a container, for example) to capacity or to a desired level: fill a glass with milk; filled the tub with water.
b. To supply or provide to the fullest extent: filled the mall with new stores.
c. To build up the level of (low-lying land) with material such as earth or gravel.
d. To stop or plug up (an opening, for example).
e. To repair a cavity of (a tooth).
f. To add a foreign substance to (cloth or wood, for example).
a. To flow or move into (a container or area), often to capacity: Water is filling the basement. Fans are filling the stadium.
b. To pervade: Music filled the room.
a. To satiate, as with food and drink: The guests filled themselves with pie.
b. To engage or occupy completely: a song that filled me with nostalgia.
a. To satisfy or meet; fulfill: fill the requirements. See Synonyms at satisfy.
b. To supply what is specified by or required for: fill a prescription; fill an order.
a. To put a person into (a job or position): We filled the job with a new hire.
b. To discharge the duties of; occupy: How long has she filled that post?
6. To cover the surface of (an inexpensive metal) with a layer of precious metal, such as gold.
7. Nautical
a. To cause (a sail) to swell.
b. To adjust (a yard) so that wind will cause a sail to swell.
To become full: The basement is filling with water.
1. An amount needed to make full, complete, or satisfied: eat one's fill.
2. Material for filling a container, cavity, or passage.
a. A built-up piece of land; an embankment.
b. The material, such as earth or gravel, used for this.
Phrasal Verbs:
fill in
1. To write information in (a blank space, as on a form).
2. To write in (information) in a blank space.
3. Informal To provide with information that is essential or newly acquired: I wasn't there—would you fill me in?
4. To act as a substitute; stand in: an understudy who filled in at the last minute.
fill out
1. To complete (a form, for example) by providing required information: carefully filled out the job application.
2. To become or make more fleshy: He filled out after age 35.
fill (someone's) shoes
To assume someone's position or duties.
fill the bill Informal
To serve a particular purpose.

[Middle English fillen, from Old English fyllan; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

fill′a·ble adj.
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Verb1.fill the bill - be what is needed or be good enough for what is required; "Does this restaurant fit the bill for the celebration?"
conform to, fit, meet - satisfy a condition or restriction; "Does this paper meet the requirements for the degree?"
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(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.
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.
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References in classic literature ?
Does Jerry fill the bill? He's more like a doormat with
Fill the bill in some prominent part, and you'll never be suspected of doubling it with another of equal prominence.
When traditional gifts don't fill the bill, head to American Science & Surplus for the quirky, the quaint and the quintessential!
The Super Hornet could fill the deficiency, at great cost, but "used" 'legacy' F-18s, would fill the bill cheaply!
But Redknapp, who managed the club brtween 1994 and 2001, believes that 36-year-old Ferdinand, could fill the bill after ending his playing career.
But why two services, when we are told HS2 will fill the bill? The supposed HS3 is for freight from Manchester Docks container base while transferring passengers onto a much more expensive service at a cost of many billions, most of it from the public purse.
At only a couple of hours notice, 10-year-old James Chen and his brother Jeremy, eight, stepped in to fill the bill after Russell Thompson, a concert pianist from North Wales, was taken ill with a suspected heart attack just hours before he was due to play at Redcar's Tuned In!
Egyptian Christians Killed After President's Ouster Everyone needs a scapegoat and it seems the Coptics fill the bill for blaming Morsi's ouster.
Where there is a big demand for easy readers, these would fill the bill, if only as starting points for more literary and better illustrated material.
If the idea of a longslide intrigues you, the Para LS Limited will fill the bill. It's about $1,399 at full retail.
Whether it's ranchers and farmers banding together in a co-op to purchase their production supplies or to market their crops, fishermen processing and marketing their catch as a group, or consumers who buy their food through a food co-op, the co-op business model can fill the bill. In addition to the more traditional uses for co-ops, rural doctors and home care workers are examples of new areas of co-op formation where members seek to gain the benefits derived from group action.
Other jobs in the field that fill the bill for low pressure and competition, with shorter work weeks, include dietician, dental hygienist, chiropractor, speech pathologist and occupational therapist.