he who pays the piper calls the tune



Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - he who pays the piper calls the tune

"he who pays the piper calls the tune"

refers to the idea that whoever pays for a service dictates the nature of the service

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - he who pays the piper calls the tune

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  You don't look happy.

Colleague 2:  You know I have been developing this idea that would streamline operations and save the company a lot of money.  The boss is just not going to approve it.  He absolutely disagrees with the premise even though it is a really good idea.

Colleague 1:  Well, he is the boss after all and he who pays the piper calls the tune.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - he who pays the piper calls the tune

Two researchers are talking ...

Researcher 1:  Have you secured the funding you need to go ahead with your research?

Researcher 2:  I have but I am really concerned about the direction the study will take.

Researcher 1:  Why is that?

Researcher 2:  The money was obtained from a big pharmaceutical company and I am worried that they will force me to change the study to suit their purposes.

Researcher 1:  That can happen. You took their money and he who pays the piper calls the tune.





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he who pays the piper calls the tune - Gerund Form:

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he who pays the piper calls the tune - Examples:

1)  ... was a corrupt scientist dancing to the dictates of government because he who pays the piper calls the tune.

2)  ... dislike the idea of government directly subsidizing the learned societies. He who pays the piper calls the tune and it will politicize them.

3)  ... study will influence his opinions. He who pays the piper calls the tune. When companies such as Merck invest that kind of money in ...

4)  $100m (plus most of the US Jewish vote). He who pays the piper calls the tune Romney would say anything required to get that money.

5)  ... are technocrat governments installed in Italy & Greece? Because he who pays the piper calls the tune. The problem is we have deliberately disconnected the right of ...

6)  The only certainty in this game is that he who pays the piper calls the tune.

7)  Common catchphrases round our way were "he who pays the piper calls the tune" (to justify my father making all decisions about how money ...

8)  We now have Germany intent of this happening, and he who pays the piper calls the tune. After all, they are carrying the Euro currency on their ...

9)  ... workers are employed by churches there is a sense of' he who pays the piper calls the tune,' and therefore are we making disciples of the denomination rather ...

10)  ... to suit television schedules. As the old saying goes, he who pays the piper calls the tune. So these clubs will also be tempted to splash the ...

11)  ... remunerated only goes to show the flaws in their argument, he who pays the piper calls the tune, and money makes pimps and whores of us all.

12)  He who pays the piper calls the tune. So, if Government spending is financed by taxes ...

13)  Why should they when men put them there: He who pays the piper calls the tune! It is time to put our money where our mouths and ...

14)  As the well-known saying goes, "He who pays the piper calls the tune." Why would these enemies of democratic rights finance the campaign ...

15)  ... what prevented it from being done. Firstly, he who pays the piper calls the tune

16)  ... also shapes opinion, views and tastes. Also, 'he who pays the piper calls the tune' -- and in a media market where media vehicles make profits ...

17)  ... to be able to please the client. After all, he who pays the piper calls the tune?

18)  Films are very expensive, and as ever, he who pays the piper calls the tune. Notwithstanding forced editorial changes to a script to suit the marketability ...

19)  "He who pays the piper calls the tune" IMHO, safety and efficacy research should be publicly funded following ...

20)  Without flexible financial support there is always a risk that he who pays the piper calls the tune which undermines the credibility of the think tank.