Dutch Reckoning

What Does "Dutch Reckoning" Mean?

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"Dutch reckoning" is an English idiom. It means "a bill or reckoning that is not itemized; a bill that keeps increasing."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "dutch reckoning" used in a sentence:
  • We were shocked at the Dutch reckoning we received at the end of the meal.
  • Make sure you get an itemized invoice, so you don't end up with a Dutch reckoning.
  • It seemed like a good deal at first, but it turned into a Dutch reckoning quickly.
meaning for dutch reckoning

What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Dutch Reckoning" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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