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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The true mark of national treasures is that we pay them peanuts for standing between us and barbarism - and for that, we really should feel guilty.
EVERYONE knows if you hire monkeys you can pay them peanuts - trust simon Cowell to go one better with sweeties as wages for his teenage stars.
I pay them peanuts [now], but it was nothing in the beginning.
Employers who do not appreciate those talented people and pay them peanuts, they think they are making more profit
That we decided to pay them peanuts for a job which actually requires unlimited patience and extraordinary skill.
As long as the Americans take our girls as "trophy nannies" (there's status in the British accent), and as long as they are mean enough to pay them peanuts (so they take them as young as 18, with no qualifications whatsoever) and as long as they are greedy enough to shoot back to their own highly-paid jobs (leaving these untrained lasses alone all day with infants), then the Americans have only one place to look for blame.