he who pays the piper calls the tune

he who pays the piper calls the tune

The person who pays for something will or should dictate how something should be done. At the end of the day, though, their company is paying for the study, and he who pays the piper calls the tune.
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He who pays the piper calls the tune.

Prov. If you are paying for someone's services, you can dictate exactly what you want that person to do. When Mrs. Dalton told the artist what she wanted her portrait to look like, the artist cringed to think that anyone could have such bad taste. Still, he who pays the piper calls the tune, and Mrs. Dalton got what she wanted.
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he who pays the piper calls the tune

People say he who pays the piper calls the tune to mean that the person who pays for something has the right to decide what it will be like. He who pays the piper calls the tune. It's important our customers have a real say on the balance between demands for improved services and increasing charges. Note: People often vary this expression. If these countries are to pay the piper, they will expect at least some say in his choice of tune. They had a strong tendency to call the tune without paying the piper. Compare with call the tune. Note: This may come from the custom, dating back to the 17th century, of hiring travelling musicians to play at festivals and weddings. The people who paid for the music were able to choose the tunes they wanted to hear.
See also: call, he, pay, piper, tune, who

he who pays the ˌpiper calls the ˈtune

(saying) the person who provides the money for something has the right to say how it should be spent; the person with power makes the decisions: The Rockefeller Foundation helps the project financially, and they have the right to say ‘no’ to any part of it. He who pays the piper...
A piper is a musician who plays a pipe or the bagpipes. The person who hires them can choose what songs they play.
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