cover-charge

cover charge

noun
a fee, in addition to the cost of food and drink, charged by a restaurant, nightclub, etc., for entertainment. Also called cover. Compare minimum ( def 4 ).

Origin:
1920–25, Americanism

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n
a sum of money charged in a restaurant for each individual customer in addition to the cost of food and drink

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