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The phrase "going Dutch" probably originates from Dutch etiquette. In the Netherlands, it is not unusual to pay separately when dating. The Dutch were already internationally known as scrooges, and English rivalry with The Netherlands especially during the period of the Anglo-Dutch Wars gave rise to several phrases including Dutch that promote certain negative stereotypes. Examples include Dutch courage, Dutch uncle and Dutch wife. The particular stereotype associated with this usage is the idea of Dutch people as ungregarious and selfish.

In Spain, "going Dutch" is attributed to Catalans, due to a stereotype that they are greedy. A stereotypical non-Catalan Spaniard would compete to invite the group.
In Italy, the expression pagare alla romana can be translated as: "To pay like people of Rome" or "to pay like they do in Rome". It has the same meaning as "going Dutch".
Curiously, in South American countries exist the Spanish phrase pagar a la americana (literally "To pay American style") which refers to a treat attributed to North Americans or Canadians.
Last night I had no money, but fortunately we didn't go Dutch and my friend treated me.
door mimodona 21 september 2006
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When you go an a date and everyone pays separately.
Stephanie: I only have enough for my meal.

Natalia: Yeah so do I.

Christopher: I am not paying for anyone's food.

John: Great, so everyone can GO DUTCH

Natalia: Going Dutch is a great idea.
door IdontDoDutch 28 november 2011
to have each person pay his or her own expenses
If a friend and I go out to eat, we might "go dutch," meaning we may each pay for our individual portion of the bill
door srie-paradise 30 mei 2015

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