sing for your supper


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sing for (one's) supper

To obtain something by working for it or by providing another service in return. You're welcome to stay with us on the farm as long as you like, but you'll have to sing for your supper while you're here.
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sing for your supper

OLD-FASHIONED
If you have to sing for your supper, you have to do a particular job before you are allowed to do or have something that you want. `Might you give me their number, Helena?' She took a while to answer. `Very well,' she said finally. `But you'll have to sing for your supper.'
See also: sing, supper

sing for your supper

earn a benefit or favour by providing a service in return.
This phrase comes from the nursery rhyme Little Tommy Tucker.
See also: sing, supper

sing for your ˈsupper

(old-fashioned) do something for somebody in order to get what you want or need: Susan has to clean her room before she’s allowed to go out with her friends — she really has to sing for her supper!
See also: sing, supper
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Entries with address to: Sing For Your Supper, Daily Record, One Central Quay, Glasgow G3 8DA or email r.
David James, secretary, said: "You have to sing for your supper and we don't get to see any games for free unless you are singing.
Entries with address to Sing For Your Supper, Daily Record, One Central Quay, Glasgow G3 8DA or email r.
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