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What does going Dutch mean?

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going Dutch


The phrase 'going Dutch' means that each person attending a paid activity should pay their own expenses.

A similar idiom is 'Dutch treat'

The origin of the phrase

The origin of the phrase 'going Dutch' or 'Dutch treat' goes back to the hostilities between England and the Netherlands during the 17th century. The phrase has a negative connotation. It implies that the Dutch were stingy.


Some women prefer to go Dutch on a first date.

Jane: Who paid for the meal?
Ann: We both decided we were going Dutch.

This idiom is in the nationalities category

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