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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.
cop a packet
To be seriously injured. This phrase originated in the military. I got sent home after copping a packet during my tour of duty.
make a packet
To make a very large amount of money, especially by doing something very successfully. We'll make a packet if we can manage to secure a trading partner in China. I hear Sarah is making a packet with sales from her latest novel.
earn a packet
To earn a very large amount of money, especially by doing something very successfully. We'll earn a packet if we can manage to secure a trading partner in China. I hear Sarah is earning a packet with sales from her latest novel.
lose a packet
To lose a very large amount of money, especially all at the same time. The sudden plunge in the company's stock price meant investors around the world have lost a packet. I vowed never to go into a casino again after losing a packet at the slot machines last Saturday.
spend a packet
To spend a very large amount of money, especially all at the same time. We spent a packet securing our partnership with the Chinese manufacturers. I hear Sarah is spending a packet to have her novel self-published.
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.
cop a packet1 be killed, especially in battle. 2 contract a venereal disease. informal euphemistic
make, lose, spend, etc. a ˈpacket(informal) make, etc. a large amount of money: He went to the USA and made a packet in office property. ♢ We spent a packet on our weekend away — everything was so expensive.
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