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 reality is most of these organisations use designers who go round buying up this type of stuff, often exploiting young artists by paying them peanuts but selling their artwork for quite a lot of money.
They are not alone in trying to get away with squeezing long hours out of them and paying them peanuts.
She said: "They'll bring in young kids who are desperate for jobs, work them to the bone, paying them peanuts and dump them when they've burnt out after a few years.