Billings

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billing

[bil-ing]
noun
1.
the relative position in which a performer or act is listed on handbills, posters, etc.: A star usually receives billing above the title of the play.
2.
advertising; publicity: The show was a sellout weeks ahead of the opening because of advance billing.
3.
the amount of business done by a firm, especially an advertising agency, within a specified period of time.
4.
an act or instance of preparing or sending out a bill or invoice.
5.
the total amount of the cost of goods or services billed to a customer, usually covering purchases made or services rendered within a specified period of time.

Origin:
1870–75; bill1 + -ing1

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billing (ˈbɪlɪŋ)
 
n
1.  theatre the relative importance of a performer or act as reflected in the prominence given in programmes, advertisements, etc
2.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) public notice or advertising (esp in the phrase advance billing)

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billing
1875, "announcement on a bill or poster," from bill (1); hence top billing (1928). Meaning "act of sending out a bill" is recorded from 1908.
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