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the wages of sin (is death)

Immoral or evil behavior only yields bad outcomes or results. Sometimes used ironically or facetiously. From a line in the Bible, meaning in context that living a life of sin will only bring one death of the body and soul, while living a virtuous life as prescribed by the church will lead to eternal happiness. After setting up a business empire built around the exploitation of others, the notorious CEO is finally going to prison, his entire fortune stripped from him and his family. It's true, it seems, that the wages of sin is death. I know that all these cakes are making me gain weight, but I just can't help myself—the wages of sin, I suppose!
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wage war (on someone or something)

1. To instigate or initiate war against some other country or group of people. Under the rule of its new dictator, the country has begun waging war on its neighbors in an attempt to consolidate power. A severe depletion of resources led several tribes in the region to wage war for many years.
2. To attempt to eliminate, destroy, or overpower someone, something, or some group. The new president vowed to wage war on corruption in Washington. The extremist wing of the political party has been waging war on any and all groups that disagree with their opinion in any capacity.
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freeze (one's) wages

Of a business, to maintain an employee's pay at its current rate. Is it true that the company is going to freeze our wages this year? I was hoping for a raise.
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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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7 million jobs that paid less than the living wage in the UK.
Democratic proposals to increase the minimum wage statewide have been non-starters in the Texas Legislature.
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The slight net consequence on the total employment rate indicates counteracting negative impacts of a minimum wage rise on hiring and layoff rates.
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Although minimum wage laws would be immoral in any case, the fact is that most people who earn the minimum wage don't supply the sole income on which their household is living, anyway.
In addition to setting the federal minimum wage rate, the FLSA
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The federal minimum wage was established in 1938 by the Fair Labor Standards Act.