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I've heard this sentence in a movie, actually a documentary, and the person says:

"In fact, his shows were quite unique,and he'd bill the music to the fashion models, to the whole catwalk experience."

I'm not sure about the meaning of "he'd bill the music to the fashion models".

Does it mean that he was the first one that used music in a fashion show?

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    Doesn't make any sense to me. Are you sure you heard correctly?
    – Colin Fine
    Jan 2, 2018 at 22:24
  • Are you certain it wasn't 'build'?
    – PerryW
    Jan 2, 2018 at 22:27
  • I put an answer to the question, you can look at it @ColinFine Jan 2, 2018 at 22:51
  • I believe it is another way of saying "it fits the bill", that is, it is quite suitable, it is a perfect match. He would make sure the music matched the models and the catwalk experience. A variant of "fits the bill" is "fits the ticket".
    – TimR
    Jan 3, 2018 at 11:38
  • I suspect that the documentary speaker has misused the word, "Bill" and should have used, "Tailor" meaning that personalised music was used for each catwalk model rather than the same music used for all.
    – Joe Dark
    Apr 23, 2022 at 9:45

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THE SOURCE 0:51:45

bill

verb [usually passive] If someone is billed to appear in a particular show, it has been advertised that they are going to be in it. She was billed to play the Red Queen in Snow White. [be VERB-ed to-infinitive]

It means: that he would present/ advertise the music at the fashion model-show.

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    You may be right, but it still doesn't make any sense at all to me. I don't see that that meaning fits the context in the slightest. First, this is very rare in the active. Secondly, the original quote doesn't say "he'd bill the music to appear in the show" or even "he'd bill the music to the show" (which I would find odd, but just about comprehensible). It says "he'd bill the music to the fashion models". I can't find any way in which this sense can apply.
    – Colin Fine
    Jan 3, 2018 at 12:26

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