What is the meaning of "Tab" here?

Usage:  I seem to have mislaid my wallet; can you put this on my tab?

I researched on the word "tab" but none of them fits here.

  • my confusion was.. the tab ( bill ) is always there for you to make payment. so how does it matter whether wallet is lost or not. what matters is how are you going to pay now.. – SunMan Sep 6 '18 at 10:18

It is definition 2b here. It refers to a running list of debts to pay. To "put it on your tab", you're asking the clerk (usually bartender) to simply postpone payment for another day.

  • To ask for something to be put on your tab assumes that you have a credit agreement or, at least, an understanding with the person or outfit concerned. This generally allows someone to run up a number of debts while he/she awaits the money necessary to settle them - generally on pay day,. – Ronald Sole Sep 6 '18 at 8:49

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