How do you understand when bill is the money 💵 or the statements of fees? Of course if I am in a resturant and my friend tell me

give him a $100 bill

I will give the money, but what if there is no data about the context?

How can I be more clear if I want to say give him 100$ paper money?

  • In a restaurant in the USA, you receive a check, not a bill for the cost of your meal. Nov 4, 2016 at 11:14
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    @AlanCarmack, that's a bit nitpicky. Generally, people ask for the check at a restaurant, but it's by no means unheard of or at all incorrect to ask for the bill instead. Nov 4, 2016 at 14:51
  • @Matt Not in the USA that I've grown up in. No one asks the waiter or server for "the bill," only "the check." Nov 5, 2016 at 16:17

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As a native speaker of American English, I can say that in normal usage

A hundred dollar bill means the banknote.

A bill of/for a hundred dollars is a list of fees or charges.

Besides that, when is there ever "no data about the context"? Even if you say I found a hundred dollar bill, no one is going to think you are referring to a list of fees or charges.


You would usually say:

  • Give him 100$ cash.


  • money in the form of coins or banknotes, especially that issued by a government.


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