he who pays the piper calls the tune

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used to say that the person who pays for something controls how it is done

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“He who pays the piper calls the tune.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/he%20who%20pays%20the%20piper%20calls%20the%20tune. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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