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pay peanuts

To pay (someone) a very paltry or minuscule amount; to pay the absolute minimum amount necessary. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pay" and "peanuts." I had a few jobs during college getting paid peanuts, but it was the only work I could find that fit in with my studies. You're never going to be able to hire an effective manager if you're only willing to pay them peanuts.
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Also contributing to a critical climate for indie distribution in Italy is the fact that main broadcasters RAI and Mediaset aren't buying much and pay TV, largely repped by Rupert Murdoch's Sky Italia, pays peanuts. Meanwhile, like elsewhere, rampant piracy has caused a doubledigit homevid drop, while VOD is not catching on.
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