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He that cannot pay, let him pray proverbial saying, early 17th century, meaning that if you have no material resources, prayer is your only resort.

if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys proverbial saying, mid 20th century, meaning that a poor rate of pay will attract only poorly qualified and incompetent staff (peanuts here means ‘a small sum of money’).

pay beforehand was never well served Scottish proverbial saying, late 16th century, meaning that payment in advance removes the incentive to finish the work.

See also crime doesn't pay, they that dance must pay the fiddler, no cure, no pay, pays.


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