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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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living wage

A minimum wage that is high enough to provide someone with reasonably satisfactory living conditions. There has been an increasing pressure on the government to establish a living wage for all workers across the country.
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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 (something) against (someone or something)

To initiate, engage in, or carry on some kind of prolonged attack or assault against someone, something, or some group. The country has begun waging war against its neighbors in an attempt to control the continent. The new mayor has vowed to wage a battle against drug addiction in her city. It has become clear that the organization is waging an all-out assault against those in the media trying to expose their unscrupulous practices.
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wage gap

A discrepancy in the amount of money earned between two or more different demographics performing the same job. Used especially in reference to the discrepancy between how much men and women earn. The advocacy group focuses on narrowing the wage gap by implementing measures that make it easier for women to reenter or remain in the workforce while having kids. There is clearly a racial wage gap in this industry, when you look at the top earners from various ethnic backgrounds and how much they earn on average.
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wage hike

An increase in the amount of money one can earn as part of a wage or salary. The state recently voted for a series of annual wage hikes that will bring the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. The football star is set to receive a wage hike as part of his contract renewal, bringing his salary to $13.6 million next season.
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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

wages of sin, the

The consequences for wickedness. The term comes from the Bible, where Paul writes to the Romans, “The wages of sin is death” (6:23). Although numerous later religious writers, including Mary Baker Eddy, echoed this sentiment, in the twentieth century the term is more often used ironically. “The wages of sin and the reward of virtue are not so different,” remarked Joseph Shearing (The Strange Case of Lucile Cléry, 1932), and “The wages of sin is death . . . Don’t trouble whether it’s the real sinner who gets the wages,” wrote H. C. Bailey (The Apprehensive Dog, 1942).
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