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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.
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."
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.