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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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If you look at the coverage the BBC gets and compare it to other contracts they're paying peanuts.
Until 2013, property owners were taxed based on 1980s values with many paying peanuts and others nothing at all.
Fryers would cost a tiny fee if he went abroad, while Spurs could go to a tribunal and still end up paying peanuts.
Unfortunately the taxpayer is not paying peanuts for the worse than monkey service he is getting" - Sir Bernard Ingham, Margaret Thatcher's former press secretary, on 'failing' public servants.
Unfortunately, the taxpayer is not paying peanuts for the worse than monkey service he is getting.
To get the best people they have to pay big bucks, and then they hit us with the old chestnut about paying peanuts and getting monkeys.
They have been paying peanuts for many years, and as children have special needs with toilets and cleaning, we have been undercharging them for a number of years.
The days of nicking Leeds players and paying peanuts are over.
What's that about paying peanuts and getting monkeys?
Those paying peanuts in premiums are focused on appearances and possibilities while the houses of those of us in high-risk specialties are burning down around them.
Working in a betting shop is not a lucrative or glamorous career, and it would be plain nasty to all those who are just trying to earn a living by categorising this as an example of paying peanuts and getting monkeys.
There is the usual guff about rate for the job, not paying peanuts to get monkeys, living in the real world etc.
Actually, they are just being asked to offer reasonable salaries, but as the whingeing about the concept of minimum wages sadly emphasised, every excuse in the book can be trotted out to justify paying peanuts.
How many thousands of our part-time mothers are happy to get away with paying peanuts to have someone else undertake the most important job they will ever have to do - bring up their child?
We need a living wage and an end to the system that allows companies to build up huge profits, while rewarding themselves with big bonuses but paying peanuts to their employees - whose pay then has to be topped up by taxpayers.