work for peanuts

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
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Nairobi's Kibera slum-dwellers and rural poor keep wages low by functioning as a reserve army of labour willing to work for peanuts.
Mr Cameron is wrong to want people to work for peanuts and if enough people protest even he will eventually get the message.
There I was last fall, watching Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO, when a story came on about the plight of minor league baseball players, who work for peanuts (actually for less than what the guy who sells the peanuts makes) as they chase the dream of a major league career.
VERY PROFITABLE & ATTRACTIVE DRY CLEANER IN BOCA RATON / DON'T WORK FOR PEANUTS ANYMORE / GREAT LOCATION IN AN UPSCALE AREA / ALL THE EQUIP IS TOP OF THE LINE & IN EXCELLENT CONDITION / SAME OWNER FROM FIRST DAY 2002 / EASY IN & OUT ACCESS / LOTS OF LOYAL CLIENTS / UPGRADED COMPUTERS / MOST OF THE EQUIP IS COMPUTERIZED WITH TIMERS / ALTERATION STATION / 2 DOUBLE STACK CONVEYOR SYSTEMS / THIS REALLY IS A CASH COW / BRIGHT & VERY CLEAN / OWNER WOULD LIKE TO STAY ANOTHER YEAR, BUT WILL SELL FOR PRICE.
This all results in experienced people leaving and being replaced by anyone prepared to work for peanuts whether they care about the job or not and whether they can do the job or not.
In fact, these very illegal Bangladeshi migrant laborers, who work for peanuts, can dramatically improve the cost advantage of India's low-end labor force if only they are provided with legitimate work permits instead of voting rights.
So long as this continues to happen, the government knows that our profession is willing to work for peanuts and sell glasses to subsidise the GOS sight test.
Bluntly, when all our engineering is done offshore by those willing to work for peanuts, how will America survive?
Researchers may sometimes complain they work for peanuts, but scientists at the USA's National Peanut Research Laboratory have shown that this is not always a bad thing: they have developed new high-tech grading methods that could dramatically boost the American peanut industry.
It is difficult to know from the above if there really is a shortage of technical people or just a shortage of people willing to work for peanuts.
1) They're good with numbers; 2 ) they don't suffer from collective amnesia; 3) they're quite to happy to work for peanuts and 4) if there's any sh** to be flung, they'll be the ones doing it.
They work for peanuts compared with what they could get doing almost any other kind of legal work, including crossing the aisle and becoming a prosecutor.
The reality is that farmers work for peanuts," he said.
It does not require an Einstein to realise that this is utter folly in the long run, because there will come a time when workers in the Far East are no longer prepared to work for peanuts.
WASHINGTON - The immigrants work for peanuts, drive down wages and push Americans out of good jobs.