Idiom the Week: What’s the Damage?

Meaning: How much does it cost? What’s the price? (Usually said when you get the bill at a restaurant.)


What’s the damage?” asked my friend after the waitress dropped off the check. “Don’t worry, dude, ” I replied. “I’ve got it.”

I was about to say “What’s the damage?” but then I realized I’d forgotten my wallet at home.

She said “What’s the damage?” but he’d never heard that idiom before – so instead she said, “How much is it?”

Pop Quiz:

What’s a good response when someone says to you, “What’s the damage?

A.  “It’s on me.”

B.  “Was there an accident?”

C.  “The damage is wonderful.”

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

The correct answer is A. “It’s on me” means “I will pay” – but if you’re poor like me you should probably just say “It’s on you.”


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