paymaster

paymaster
paymaster pay‧mas‧ter [ˈpeɪˌmɑːstə ǁ -ˌmæstər] noun [countable]
1. ACCOUNTING JOBS ORGANIZATIONS a person or organization responsible for giving people their wages or the money they are owed:

• Paychecks are routed to an employee through their department paymaster.

2. JOURNALISM someone powerful who pays other people to do something illegal or dangerous for them:

• criminal paymasters

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paymaster UK US /ˈpeɪˌmɑːstər/ US  /ˈpeɪˌmæstər/ noun [C] FINANCE
a person or an organization that pays for something, and has or expects to have some control over it: »

Germany is the chief paymaster of the EU's 100 billion budget.

a person or an organization that is in charge of paying people the money they have earned: »

All UN agencies are required to pay their local staff through a government paymaster.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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