be in the pay of somebody/something
be in the pay of (someone or something)
To work or do business for a person or group, usually clandestinely. Oh, he isn't in the pay of the mob—that's just a rumor. It's clearly a conflict of interest if he's in the pay of the industry group.
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be in the pay of somebody/something,
be in somebody’s/something’s pay(usually disapproving) be working for somebody or for an organization, often secretly: He’s been in the pay of our rivals for the last ten years.
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