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    #1

    to be in someone's pay

    Is this a valid, existing expression? I could not find it in Internet, so have I "invented" something?


    My supposed meaning of "to be in someone's pay" is to be informally / illegally / secrectly remunerated by someone in order to act in accordance with that someone's wishes.

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    "I know him and I know it is against his principles, but he will do it anyway. My guess is, he is in the pay of the corporation".
    Last edited by JarekSteliga; 11-May-2014 at 19:48. Reason: typo

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    #2

    Re: to be in someone's pay

    It's valid.

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    #3

    Re: to be in someone's pay

    Because you mentioned "illegal" and "secret", I would use "he is being paid off by the corporation".

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