pay\ one's\ way

v. phr.
1. To pay in cash or labor for your expenses.

He paid his way by acting as a guide.

2. To be profitable; earn as much as you cost someone; be valuable to an employer; to yield a return above expenses.

The bigger truck paid its way from the start.

We had to offer our new manager a large salary, but he was a capable man, and paid his way.

Compare: worth one's salt
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to produce enough money to cover or pay one's operating or running expenses

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • pay one's way — index defray Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pay one's way — or pay one s own way phrasal to pay one s share of expenses …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pay one's way — phrasal or pay one s own way 1. : to pay expenses as they are incurred 2. : to yield an income at least equal to operating expenses …   Useful english dictionary

  • pay one's way — to produce enough money to cover or pay one s operating or running expenses …   Idioms and examples

  • pay one's way — {v. phr.} 1. To pay in cash or labor for your expenses. * /He paid his way by acting as a guide./ 2. To be profitable; earn as much as you cost someone; be valuable to an employer; to yield a return above expenses. * /The bigger truck paid its… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pay one's way — {v. phr.} 1. To pay in cash or labor for your expenses. * /He paid his way by acting as a guide./ 2. To be profitable; earn as much as you cost someone; be valuable to an employer; to yield a return above expenses. * /The bigger truck paid its… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pay one's own way — phrasal see pay one s way …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pay one's own way — phrasal see pay one s way …   Useful english dictionary

  • pay its (or one's) way — earn enough to cover its or one s costs. → pay …   English new terms dictionary

  • pay one's (own) way — idi pay one s (own) way, to pay one s own share of the expenses; be self supporting …   From formal English to slang

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