to go Dutch

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Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) to be very straightforward

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b) to share the bill

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to go Dutch’, short for ‘to go Dutch treat’ means to divide a bill so that each person contributes to it, often in the context of a date.

French translation

faire moitié-moitié, faire moit’-moit’, payer sa part

How NOT to translate : *aller à la hollandaise

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Examples in the press

‘The peloton went Dutch on the two sprint stages, with Fabio Jakobsen and Dylan Groenewegen splitting the honours as the likes of Arnaud Démare and Pascal Ackermann trailed in behind.’

Cycling news, 14 March 2020

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First Dates and the unbearable awkwardness of going Dutch

The thorny issue of bill-splitting made for a cringeworthy encounter on Channel 4’s dating show. I would like to suggest a few basic rules

In the same week that a man sent a woman a bill for £42.50 after she declined a second date, Channel 4’s First Dates saw one meet-up take an awkward turn this week : would-be couple Elaine and Steve were enjoying a lovely night, dancing together in the restaurant, before things went south when the bill came and Steve asked to go Dutch.’

The Guardian, 17 Feb. 2017

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Everyday usage

When my boyfriend and I eat out, we always go Dutch.

You don’t have to treat me to dinner—let’s go Dutch.

c) to get crazy high

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