pay (someone) peanuts

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pay (someone) peanuts

To pay (someone) a very paltry or miniscule amount; to pay the absolute minimum amount necessary. I had a few jobs during college getting paid peanuts, but it was the only work I could find that fit in with my studies. You're never going to be able to hire an effective manager if you're only willing to pay peanuts.
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We get paid peanuts now, but so much abuse is thrown our way, we don't deserve it.
This is inevitable when he is one of the best keepers and probably being paid peanuts.
Firstly, both sets of players are getting paid peanuts and secondly most, if not all, of the winning team will need to be replaced if the club are to avoid cashing in on their parachute payments at the first port of call.
But - even at PS7m a year - he is being paid peanuts.
My honest suggestion would be to view the whole picture in the best perspective for the students as well as the teachers who are actually paid peanuts for the toil put in.
Now, nursing student numbers are down, Australia beckons our nurses in ever increasing numbers with its better pay, and our growing ageing population is being looked after by people being paid peanuts.
They were there about 14 hours a day and the kids got paid peanuts.
The TV rights when they play cricket are worth so much in India, and yet the players themselves are paid peanuts," he said.
People may never actually have paid peanuts for peanuts--but they could soon be shelling out a whole lot more for them than they do now.
Mervue and Salthill are both amateur sides, while United's players are paid peanuts and could easily have buckled in face of Bohemians.
The players were earlier paid peanuts, at least that has improved somewhat.
I've just retuned the TV at my grandmother-in-law's and got paid peanuts - well a packet of pistachios to be precise (she knows my favourites).
The officers are paid peanuts for putting themselves in the line of fire while the top brass receive outrageous salaries.
One, contrary to popular opinion, journalists get paid peanuts but, two, sometimes companies send us free stuff.
The cops paid peanuts for the goods before secretly moving them to a police storeroom.