Definition of paymaster in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpeɪmɑːstə


  • 1A person or organization that pays another to do something and therefore controls them: both political parties were beholden to their corporate paymasters
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    • The rest were suited and booted, meeting the corporate paymasters and generally celebrating.
    • Rectors and directors of education will face up neither to these parents nor their political paymasters.
    • These are the people who get their hands dirty on policy details, and can deliver the goodies to the corporate paymasters.
  • 2An official who pays troops or workers.
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    • Initially, most Afghan warlords regarded the Special Forces merely as paymasters, and were reluctant to let them go to the front lest they be injured or killed.
    • This has been a common occurrence throughout history - military parades were originally designed to prove to the paymasters that the troops actually existed and were properly equipped.
    • Minor German states, meanwhile, were more prepared than ever to hire out troops to paymasters in London.
  • 2.1 (in full Paymaster General) British The minister at the head of the Treasury department responsible for payments.
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    • She was the superintendent of the typing pool at the Paymaster General's office.
    • The National Association of Citizens' Advice Bureaux has written to the Paymaster General asking for action to protect the victims.
    • The Paymaster General said: ‘Some people have been experiencing genuine difficulties with the start of the new system.’

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