Definition of earn one's corn in English:

earn one's corn

phrase

British
informal
  • Put in a lot of effort to show that one deserves one's wages.

    • ‘Some bad habits dating back to youth can become ingrained, but many argued that it simply presented an opportunity for some highly-paid coaches to earn their corn.’
    • ‘Moments later, Shearer makes the goalkeeper earn his corn again with a firm near-post header.’
    • ‘Carlow kept up the pressure and Simon Rea was in on goal in almost the identical position only for goalie Raymond McKeown to earn his corn with a fine save.’
    • ‘The electorate will come to its own judgement as to whether or not we all earn our corn.’
    • ‘In truth the youngsters are providing some of the best racing seen at the venue in a long while and the eventual winner will have certainly earned their corn.’
    • ‘And it was at this stage that Stephen Havern earned his corn, the keeper making several fine blocks at feet.’
    • ‘Henderson earned his corn four minutes into the second half with a fine near-post block to deny McLeod a second.’
    • ‘He's a fully qualified referee after all, make him earn his corn.’
    • ‘Even with rest and recuperation there was no way she could race again this year so the decision was made to retire her - she's earned her corn.’
    • ‘A former high-class handicapper on the Flat for Sir Mark Prescott, Chivalry earned his corn over hurdles last winter and is now set to tackle fences.’