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piper

  
  ( pipers    plural  )
1       n-count   A piper is a musician who plays the bagpipes.  
2    If you say `He who pays the piper' or `He who pays the piper calls the tune', you mean that the person who provides the money for something decides what will be done, or has a right to decide what will be done.  
he who pays the piper calls the tune             phrase  
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pay, payslip, pay slip, PAYE

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exp.
(lit., about sounds) disharmonious, dissonant; (fig.) out of order; dysfunctional
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