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pay one's dues

Definition of pay one's dues

  1. :  to work hard and have difficult experiences in order to become successful <I've paid my dues. It's time that I began reaping some benefits.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to make due return to for services rendered or property delivered

    :  to engage for money :  hire

    :  to give in return for goods or service

  1. :  something paid for a purpose and especially as a salary or wage :  remuneration

    :  the act or fact of paying or being paid

    :  the status of being paid by an employer :  employ

  1. :  containing or leading to something precious or valuable

    :  equipped with a coin slot for receiving a fee for use

    :  requiring payment

  1. :  to coat with a waterproof composition

dueplay dues
  1. :  owed or owing as a debt

    :  owed or owing as a natural or moral right

    :  according to accepted notions or procedures :  appropriate

  1. : :  something due or owed: as

    :  something that rightfully belongs to one

    :  a payment or obligation required by law or custom :  debt

  1. :  directly, exactly

    :  duly


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