pay one's dues
phrasal 1. to earn a right or position through experience, suffering, or hard work 2. (also pay dues) pay intransitive verb 3

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  • pay one's dues — ► pay one s dues fulfil one s obligations. Main Entry: ↑due …   English terms dictionary

  • pay one’s dues — tv. to serve one’s time in a menial role. (See also pay one’s dues (to society).) □ I spent some time as a bus boy, so I’ve paid my dues in the serving business. □ You have to start out at the bottom. Pay your dues, and then you’ll appreciate… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • pay one's dues — phrasal 1. : to experience life s hardships : earn a right or position through experience, suffering, or hard work 2. : to suffer the consequences of or penalty for an act * * * pay one s dues (informal) To work hard and suffer hardship before… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pay one's dues — idi pay one s dues, to earn respect by working hard and accumulating experience …   From formal English to slang

  • pay one's dues — fulfil one s obligations. → due …   English new terms dictionary

  • pay one's dues — verb a) To outlay money which is owed as a membership fee or price of admission. The carrier to Casterbridge came up as Edward stepped into the road, and jumped down from the van to pay toll. . . . The carrier paid his dues. b) To acquire …   Wiktionary

  • pay one’s dues to society — tv. to serve a prison or jail sentence. □ I served ten years in prison. I’ve paid my dues to society. The matter is settled. □ I took my medicine and paid my dues. Stop trying to punish me more …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • pay — [n] earnings from employment allowance, bacon*, bread*, commission, compensation, consideration, defrayment, emoluments, fee, hire*, honorarium, income, indemnity, meed, payment, perquisite, pittance, proceeds, profit, reckoning, recompensation,… …   New thesaurus

  • dues — fee for membership, 1660s, from plural of DUE (Cf. due). To pay (one s) dues in the figurative sense is from 1943. Giue them their due though they were diuels [1589] …   Etymology dictionary

  • One Big Union (concept) — The One Big Union is a concept which emerged in the late 19th and early 20th centuries amongst working class trade unionists. Unions initially organised as craft or trade unions. Workers were organized by their skill: carpenters, plumbers,… …   Wikipedia

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