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1. Of or indicating something in which one must pay money to be able to participate. You want to get in on this game? Well, it's pay-to-play, my friend—cash only!
2. Of or indicating something in which one must pay money in exchange for favor or power. Politics is the biggest pay-to-play racket we've got. Huge corporations financially back candidates in order to have political influence in the future.
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