pick up the tab … means to pay for something that is not your responsibility…to pay the entire bill
Since it is your and you are driving, I can buy the gas.
Here is the same sentence using the idiom… pick up the tab
Since you are driving, I’ll pick up the tab for gas.
Here are a few more sentences using the idiom … pick up the tab
I was surprised that my younger brother picked up the tab for dinner last night.
Millennials are picking up the tab for my generation’s wastefulness.
Taxpayers will have to pick up the tab for the city’s metro expansion.
Should alcohol be sold online?
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informal | used in relaxed situations with family, friends, or people you know