Definition of paymaster in English:

paymaster

noun

  • 1A person or organization that pays another to do something and therefore controls them.

    ‘both political parties were beholden to their corporate paymasters’
    • ‘In any event, the Irish Rugby Football Union paymasters have taken a conscious decision to facilitate and develop Irish-based players as much as possible.’
    • ‘Today, fealty to corporate paymasters is the driving force.’
    • ‘I am being paid to write these words, but my paymasters would prefer a conclusion I am not likely to come to.’
    • ‘The rest were suited and booted, meeting the corporate paymasters and generally celebrating.’
    • ‘The point is that the paymasters intend to reward bloggers who configure web applications in a way that favours the commercial client.’
    • ‘It has been said that the bulk of Mozart's sacred music - he composed nearly 20 Masses alone - was written mostly to please paymasters.’
    • ‘Private security guards will be accountable to commercially driven paymasters.’
    • ‘His annual pay cheque, from his many paymasters, thought to be in excess of €750,000, reflects this diverse range of talents.’
    • ‘Rectors and directors of education will face up neither to these parents nor their political paymasters.’
    • ‘One doesn't expect Iraq's new colonial administrators to make things difficult for their paymasters, guarantors and securitors.’
    • ‘The public, the ultimate paymasters, have seen what Edinburgh can achieve and expect them to add league status to last season's cup exploits.’
    • ‘If you can't kill the messenger, you might as well go after the paymaster.’
    • ‘Horror stories have been cited of unfortunate junior doctors being forced to work entire weekends on their own with no sleep or food by slave-driver health board paymasters.’
    • ‘The survey allegedly takes only four minutes to complete, and it provides people like my corporate paymasters with invaluable information.’
    • ‘These are the people who get their hands dirty on policy details, and can deliver the goodies to the corporate paymasters.’
    • ‘Nigerians are obliged to obey their paymasters.’
    • ‘Now I am not inviting any trade unions to become our paymasters.’
    • ‘Responsible behaviour, in the view of many hospital administrators, is that which does not upset the paymasters.’
    • ‘Their paymasters there are clearly totally out of tune with the UK public on these issues.’
    • ‘Owners would have the option of making the payment in the traditional way by sending a letter to the paymaster.’
  • 2An official who pays troops or workers.

    • ‘Minor German states, meanwhile, were more prepared than ever to hire out troops to paymasters in London.’
    • ‘From 1862 through 1865 he served as a paymaster on a Union navy gunboat that traversed the bayous and rivers of southern Louisiana.’
    • ‘Initially, most Afghan warlords regarded the Special Forces merely as paymasters, and were reluctant to let them go to the front lest they be injured or killed.’
    • ‘There must be a change of attitude in the paymasters so they can see the morality of honouring contracts and doing justice to those persons rendering services to the people.’
    • ‘This has been a common occurrence throughout history - military parades were originally designed to prove to the paymasters that the troops actually existed and were properly equipped.’
    • ‘The workers have also seen through the game plan of their paymasters who have reduced them to the state of a mercantile product.’
    • ‘Some retired Gurkhas have claimed that despite their renowned contributions in Britain's military exploits they have been treated unfairly by their paymasters.’
    • ‘The military still had not released names but said the four included a Republican Guard corps-level chief of staff, a guard division commander and a paymaster for the militia.’
    • ‘In that case the paymaster of a military corps credited an officer's account with money to which he was not entitled.’
    • ‘It has resulted in the capture of 175 targets, including 46 bomb-makers and six paymasters.’
    • ‘So too, then, should their hosts, paymasters, and commanders: the leaders of these rogue states.’
    1. 2.1British The minister at the head of the Treasury department responsible for payments.
      • ‘The National Association of Citizens' Advice Bureaux has written to the Paymaster General asking for action to protect the victims.’
      • ‘The Paymaster General said: ‘Some people have been experiencing genuine difficulties with the start of the new system.’’
      • ‘Yet as Paymaster General she has presided over some of the most draconian taxation legislation in centuries.’
      • ‘She was the superintendent of the typing pool at the Paymaster General's office.’
      • ‘‘We believe that the Revenue and Paymaster General have a clear duty to pursue vigorously a compensation claim from EDS,’ the committee said.’

Pronunciation

paymaster

/ˈpeɪmɑːstə/