pay (someone) peanuts

(redirected from paying him peanuts)

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.
See also: pay, peanut
References in periodicals archive ?
He's really got this caddying lark down to a tee, pushing golf bags around the fairways for club members who are - quite literally - paying him peanuts.