Fit the bill?

I have come across “fit the bill” a few times lately. The expression, which means that something is just right, is a variation of “fill the bill.” I don’t always change the phrase in copy because I think people understand it and I worry that “fill the bill” will appear to be a mistake to most readers.

“Fit the bill” and “fill the bill” are odd expressions, but then most idioms are. You can turn to Professor Brians for a explanation of why “fill the bill” is better than “fit the bill.”

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