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cover charge

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 of cover charge
An Americanism dating back to 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And a smart New York restauranteur recently made a "cover charge" of twenty-five cents for bread and butter and ice-water.

British Dictionary definitions for cover charge

cover charge

a sum of money charged in a restaurant for each individual customer in addition to the cost of food and drink
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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