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 Scottish film industry pays peanuts and there should be better money.
An advert will appear this week for a coaching supremo but even SFA director of coaching Craig Brown admitted the job only pays peanuts.
The recruitment drive states the job pays peanuts but highlights personal development and job satisfaction.
It is true that if one pays peanuts one gets monkeys, but frankly no one should have any problem living in Birmingham on pounds 50,000 or more and pounds 125,000 a year is not peanuts.