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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Lebanon's players, most of whom ply their trade in a domestic league that pays them peanuts, walked to the back of the plane, where they were uncomfortable, cramped and unable to sleep.
And we are reluctant to come out and say it because we know that the NHS is full of people who work their guts out for the sick and dying in a job that still pays them peanuts.