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for chicken feed

For a very paltry or minuscule amount of money; for nearly no money or the absolute minimum amount. I managed to get tickets! Suzy's brother has a connection in the stadium, so we got them for chicken feed! I had a few jobs during college working for chicken feed, but it was the only work I could get that fit in with my schedule.
See also: chicken, feed

for peanuts

For a very paltry or minuscule amount of money; for nearly no money or the absolute minimum amount. I managed to get tickets! Suzy's brother has a connection in the stadium, so we got them for peanuts! I had a few jobs during college working for peanuts, but it was the only work I could get that fit in with my schedule.
See also: peanut

if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys

proverb If you pay very low wages, you will only attract incompetent or unskilled workers (because better workers can go elsewhere to earn better wages). "Peanuts" is a slang term for low wages, and "monkeys" implies stupidity. If you want a top flight design team, you have to raise your salary levels. If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.
See also: get, if, monkey, pay

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.
See also: pay, peanut

peanut gallery

1. Literally, the section of seats in a theater that were the furthest away from the stage, and thus the least expensive. I don't see the point in going to the play if we're going to be stuck in the peanut gallery—we won't even be able to see anything way back there!
2. The people whose opinions or criticisms are considered unimportant, insignificant, or insincere. The president was overheard by several reporters saying that he didn't give a damn about what the peanut gallery of the country thought about his tax bill. A: "Yeah, but tonight we have to eat mom's cooking—that's punishment enough!" B: "Excuse me! No smart-aleck remarks from the peanut gallery, thank you very much!"
See also: gallery, peanut

peanut head

1. A head that is oblong and bulbous at the top, especially when seen without hair. I've got a bit of a peanut head, so I hope I never go bald!
2. A socially inept or foolish person; a dweeb or dork. Yeah right, I would never go on a date with a peanut head like you!
See also: head, peanut

peanuts

A very paltry or minuscule amount of money. I would be dubious of anyone who is willing to work for peanuts—more often than not, it means they aren't the most reliable employee out there. You're never going to be able to hire an effective manager if you're only willing to pay peanuts.
See also: peanut

work for peanuts

To work for very little money. Geez, I need a raise—I'm sick of still working for peanuts after three years!
See also: peanut, work
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

for chicken feed

 and for peanuts
Fig. for nearly nothing; for very little money. (Also used without for.) Bob doesn't get paid much. He works for chicken feed. You can buy an old car for chicken feed. I won't do that kind of work for peanuts!
See also: chicken, feed
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys

BRITISH
People say if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys to mean that if an employer pays very low wages, they cannot expect to find good staff. The present pay policy will inevitably have an adverse effect on quality. As Sir Roger put it, `The truth of the matter is that if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.' Note: Monkeys are thought to like eating peanuts, and `peanuts' also has the meaning of a very small amount of money.
See also: get, if, monkey, pay
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

for peanuts

and for chicken feed
mod. for practically no money at all. (see also chicken feed.) I won’t work for peanuts! They expect me to do all that for chicken feed.
See also: peanut

for chicken feed

verb
See also: chicken, feed

peanut head

n. an oaf; a nerd. You are so silly, Kim. You’re a real peanut head!
See also: head, peanut

peanuts

n. practically no money at all; chicken feed. They want me to do everything, but they only pay peanuts.
See also: peanut
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

peanut gallery

A rowdy audience. The original peanut galleries were the cheapest, which is to say, the highest, seats in a theater or vaudeville house. Their patrons heckled and often threw peanuts (the least expensive items sold at the snack bar) at performers who didn't measure up to the audience's expectations. The most popular children's television show of the mid-20th century was Howdy Doody (Howdy, Mr. Bluster, Flub-A-Dub and other marionettes interacted with their human friends led by Buffalo Bob Smith and Clarabelle the Clown). The studio audience were children who sat in the Peanut Gallery and were encouraged to laugh, cheer, or boo at the show's riotous happenings.
See also: gallery, peanut
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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