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pay packet

1. Literally, an envelope or small parcel containing an employee's earnings. Primarily heard in UK. Back when I started working here, before online banking and direct debit, everyone got their pay packet put in their hand at the end of each week.
2. By extension, a person's salary or rate of pay from an employer. Primarily heard in UK. The public outcry has been immense over revelations of the charity CEO's outrageous annual pay packet.
See also: packet, pay

cop a packet

to become badly injured; to be wounded severely. (Originally military.) My uncle copped a packet in Normandy. If you want to cop a packet or worse, just stand up in that shallow trench, son.
See also: cop, packet