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freeze someone's wages

Fig. to hold someone's pay at its current level. The company froze everyone's wages as soon as the economy went sour.
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The wages of sin is death.

Prov. Doing bad things can get you in a lot of trouble. Serves him right. I always said, "The wages of sin is death."
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wage something against someone or something

to carry on something against someone or a group. They waged war against the aggressors. Are you still waging your battle against your father?
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wages of sin, the

The results or consequences of evildoing, as in She ate all of the strawberries and ended up with a terrible stomachache-the wages of sin, no doubt . This expression comes from the New Testament, where Paul writes to the Romans (6:23): "The wages of sin is death." Today it is often used more lightly, as in the example.
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References in classic literature ?
Still her conscience was so tender that she even doubted the propriety of accepting her old wages were she really incompetent to earn them.
Curly Parsons and another, Pat Monahan, accepted, and, with his customary speed, Daylight paid them their wages in advance and arranged the purchase of the supplies, though he emptied his sack in doing so.
If I had been the most scrupulous man in the world, I must still have received my wages, for the very necessary purpose of not appearing to distinguish myself invidiously from my fellow-workmen.
Then labor has received in wages, during the same period, two billion dollars.
No, labor consumes all of the total product that its wages will buy back.
Labor cannot consume any of it, for labor has already spent all its wages.
Labor in all these countries has spent it wages, and cannot buy any of the surpluses.
We found that labor could buy back with its wages only so much of the product, and that capital did not consume all of the remainder of the product.
The owners of the land had thought that they should be ruined did they pay the great wages demanded of them.
That servants must have their diversions as well as other people; that he was sorry for the accident which had happened to the book, but that several of his acquaintance had bought the same for a shilling, and that I might stop as much in his wages, if I pleased.
Invariably, on Saturday night, Billy poured his total wages into her lap.
There were an estimated 39,000 jobs in Cardiff paying less than the living wage in 2014, or 20.
But for these advocates, the wins could mean sending a message to state lawmakers who have been unable to garner enough support to raise the minimum wage statewide.
This technique is frequently used to analyze wage differences between two groups, for example men and women.
Alabama: Proposed constitutional amendment would raise minimum wage by steps to $9.