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Go Dutch

Meaning/Usage: Each person paying for themselves.  For example, going Dutch on a date is indicating both guy and girl will pay for themselves instead of one buying for the other.

Explanation: Why "Dutch" is used in this way is not completely confirmed.  One reason is because of Dutch doors that contained two equal parts.  Another reason was due to the rivalry between the English and Dutch in the 17th century.

"You don't have to pay for me.  Let's go dutch today."
"I can't believe John didn't pay for me.  We ended up going dutch on the whole date."
"I actually prefer going dutch because I don't want to feel indebt to anyone."

A:  "How was your date with Sarah?"
B:  "I'm not sure.  It was just ok."
A:  "Why do you say that?"
B:  "She didn't let me pay for her share.  She insisted that we go dutch for everything."

Other Common Sentences

"I'll pay half of it."
"Let's pay together."
"I didn't pay for her.  We paid our own share."

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