If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys

British English

Possible interpretation: An employer who pays low wages will have bad staff.

Note: peanut (noun) = a seed like a hard pea, typically eaten by monkeys | peanuts (noun) = a very small sum of money | pay peanuts (verb) = pay very low wages | monkey (noun) = a small to medium-sized, human-like animal living in trees in tropical countries

Variety: This is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

"If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys" because

a. monkeys like peanuts

b. good workers like good wages

c. bad workers like peanuts

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Contributor: Josef Essberger