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V. past and past part. payed seal (the deck or hull seams of a wooden ship) with pitch or tar to prevent leakage.

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

... v. past and past part. payed seal (the deck or hull seams of a wooden ship) with pitch or tar to prevent...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020
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Language reference
Length:
327 words

...until April 2016. It pays to read the fine print. pay someone back in their own coin : see coin . pay a call go to the lavatory. dated, euphemistic pay court to : see court . pay its way (of an enterprise)...

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The Handbook of International Financial Terms

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Current Version:
2005

... (USA) . Slang term for the currency of denomination of a...

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Garner's Modern English Usage (5 ed.)

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Current Version:
2022
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Language reference
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... . A. Inflected Forms: pay > paid > paid . ⋆Payed is a startling error for paid —e.g.: • “He got charged with harassment after a supermarket fistfight, a violation, and payed [read paid ] a $250 fine.” Al Baker , “Bounty Hunter Tom Evangelista Comes Armed with a Big Gun, Lots of Patience, and a Plan to Get His Man,” Newsday (N.Y.), 9 Nov. 1997 , at G8. • “He payed [read paid ] $387,500 in 1995 , according to the records.” David Montgomery , “Embassy Neighbors Try to Dig Up Dirt on Tunnel,” Wash. Post , 11 Mar. 2001 , at...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

... The English word comes from Old French payer , ultimately from Latin pax , ‘peace’, the allusion being to the appeasing of a creditor. The nautical ‘pay’, meaning to cover with hot tar when caulking, represents Old French peier , from Latin picare , ‘to cover with pitch’ (Latin pix ). Pay court to, To To pay attention to someone because one wants their interest, favours or love. Pay dirt A mining term for ground that pays for working. Hence ‘to hit pay dirt’, meaning to attain one’s objective. Payload The goods or passengers carried in a ship, aircraft...

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Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2021
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Language reference, History of English
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70 words

...pay [ME] The original meaning of pay was ‘to pacify’, and it goes back to Latin pax ‘peace’ ( see peace ). The notion of ‘payment’ arose from the sense of ‘pacifying’ a creditor. A cartoon caption from the magazine Punch in 1846 was the source of you pays your money and you takes your choice , used to convey that there is little to choose between one alternative and...

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Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain

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2021
Subject:
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... 1881: 991; SE England: especially Kent. 1 English: relationship name, nickname; either from a Middle English survival of the rare Old English personal name Pæga or Pega , or from Middle English * pe ‘peacock’ used as a personal name or as a nickname. Compare Paw , Peacock , Peabody . 2 English: from late Middle English Pay , a variant of Paw . For the vowel variation, compare Daw and Day...

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Dictionary of American Family Names (2 ed.)

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2022
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Names studies
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91 words

... US frequency (2010): 854 1 Irish (County Kilkenny): from the Old and Middle English female personal name Pega , taken to Ireland by English settlers. Peakirk in Northamptonshire, England, is named for Saint Pega (died c. 719), who reputedly founded a cell there. 2 English (mainly Kent): variant of Pea . 3 French: variant of Paille 2. 4 French: habitational name from any of several places called Le Pay, e.g. in Rhône and Vendée. 5 French: variant of Pays , a topographic name from pays ‘region, country’, used to denote a fellow...

contingent pay

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A Dictionary of Human Resource Management (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
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51 words

...contingent pay is pay that is linked to measures of individual, group, or company performance. Contingent pay is used as a means of incentivizing workers and promoting shared interests in higher output, productivity, customer satisfaction, and other indicators of business success. See also at-risk pay , competence-based pay , performance-related pay , variable pay...

pay level

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A Dictionary of Human Resource Management (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
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44 words

...pay level The rate of pay for a given occupation or grade of job. Pay levels can be expressed as hourly rates , weekly wages, or annual salaries and are established through the process of pay determination . See also grade , rate for the job , salary...

pay equity

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A Dictionary of Human Resource Management (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017
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Social sciences, Business and Management
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18 words

...pay equity is the term used in North America to refer to equal pay between men and...

pay dirt

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Garner's Modern English Usage (5 ed.)

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Current Version:
2022
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20 words

... dirt . Two words in AmE and BrE alike. Current ratio in print ( pay dirt vs. ⋆paydirt ): 8:1 ...

pay spine

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A Dictionary of Human Resource Management (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
Length:
80 words

...pay spine An extended series of pay or salary points that can be divided up into a series of grades to create a graded pay structure. Pay spines are a feature of salary administration in a number of public services, such as health and local government. They are sometimes created as part of a movement towards single status , the extensive range of points covering rates of pay typical of both manual and non-manual occupations. See also pay grade , pay structure...

base pay

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

...pay the annual or monthly compensation (salary) due military personnel on the basis of rank and length of service, exclusive of allowances (for quarters, rations, etc.), specialty pay (for aviation duty, diving, parachuting, etc.), combat service, or other extra pay...

sick pay

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A Dictionary of Human Resource Management (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
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54 words

...sick pay is payment to employees during a period of illness. In most occupational sick pay schemes, there is provision for full pay during an initial period illness with payment at a reduced rate for more extended illness. In the UK, there is also a Statutory Sick Pay scheme based on National Insurance...

base pay

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A Dictionary of Human Resource Management (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
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87 words

...base pay ( basic pay ) is the rate of remuneration for a job in an organization, to which can be added various supplements such as benefits , bonus , and allowances. Base pay, therefore, is the core element of remuneration that reflects, at least notionally, the market value for a particular type of labour. Advocates of the new pay assert that base pay should be kept to a relatively low level, in order that employees become dependent on variable pay , which is contingent on performance, to make up their...

pay structure

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A Dictionary of Human Resource Management (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
Length:
327 words

...pay structure The wage or pay structure is the hierarchy of rates of pay which exists within an employing organization. Within companies, pay structure has two main components. Pay groups are broad groupings of employees who have their pay managed in accordance with a common set of rules. A large manufacturing company, for instance, might have several pay groups including a senior management group, middle management, supervisory and technical, skilled workers, semi-skilled and un-skilled operatives, and clerical and secretarial. Pay grades , in contrast, are...

pay scale

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A Dictionary of Human Resource Management (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
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56 words

...pay scale A salary band or pay range consisting of fixed-incremental steps, between the minimum and maximum points. Pay scales are a common feature of salary administration in public services and allow for salary progression based on a number of criteria. Individuals can advance through a scale on the basis of seniority , performance, or skill...

pay floor

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A Dictionary of Human Resource Management (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017
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Social sciences, Business and Management
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123 words

...pay floor A minimum rate of pay below which earnings cannot fall. The most obvious form of pay floor is a National Minimum Wage . A pay floor might also be established within a particular industry through the mechanism of multi-employer bargaining . Industry-wide collective agreements have traditionally fulfilled this role of setting a pay floor, which might then be supplemented by further increases negotiated at company level. The benefit of establishing a pay floor, either through a statutory mechanism or through collective bargaining, is that it affords...

equal pay

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A Dictionary of Economics (5 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Social sciences, Economics
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119 words

...equal pay As specified in the UK legislation by the Equal Pay Act of 1970 , amended by the Equal Pay (Amendment) Regulations 1983 , the principle that provides for equal pay between women and men in the same employment by giving a woman the right to equal pay in her contract of employment where she is employed on like work to that of a man, or work rated equivalent to that of a man, or work of equal value to that of a man; similar legal requirements are in place in many other countries. More generally, a principle that the pay for given work should be...

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