dues-paying

[ dooz-pey-ing, dyooz- ]
/ ˈduzˌpeɪ ɪŋ, ˈdyuz- /

adjective

gaining experience, especially by hard and often unpleasant or uncongenial work: He spent his dues-paying years as a cocktail pianist.

noun

the act or process of gaining experience, especially slowly and laboriously: She had many years of dues-paying before her abilities were recognized.

Nearby words

  1. duello,
  2. duende,
  3. duenna,
  4. duero,
  5. dues,
  6. duet,
  7. duetting,
  8. dufay,
  9. dufay, guillaume,
  10. duff

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