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He who pays the piper calls the tune proverbial saying, late 19th century, meaning that the person financially responsible for something can control what is done. (Compare they that dance must pay the fiddler.)

you pays your money and you takes your choice proverbial saying, mid 19th century, said when there is little or nothing to choose between two options (pays and takes are both non-standard and informal).

See also pay, the third time pays for all.


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