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He who pays the piper calls the tune

This page is about the saying "He who pays the piper calls the tune"

Possible meaning:
The person who pays a musician can decide what music he wants to hear. And the person who pays for any service has the right to say exactly what he wants.

Note:
piper (noun) = a person who plays the pipe (a musical instrument) | tune (noun) = a melody; a piece of music

Quick Quiz

Mark tapped his wallet and said to his friends, "He who pays the piper calls the tune", meaning that

a. he wondered if they'd like to go to a concert

b. he would decide where they would eat

c. he'd spent all his money

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Contributor: Josef Essberger