to pay less than is deserved or usual.
- un·der·pay·ment [uhn-der-pey-muhnt, uhn-der-pey-], /ˌʌn dərˈpeɪ mənt, ˈʌn dərˌpeɪ-/, noun
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How to use underpay in a sentence
As always, the onus is on consumers to express dissatisfaction with companies that underpay workers, destroy the planet, and otherwise act badly until they have no choice but to respond.
Stronger governmental oversight is especially necessary during a recession, when the rate at which employers underpay their minimum-wage workers skyrockets, according to research Fine oversaw this year.
If you underpay the government, on the other hand, they charge you not only interest, but also penalties.Happy Tax Day. Now Stop Making Interest-Free Loans to the U.S. Government. | Megan McArdle | April 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Steve Jobs and now Tim Cook did not conspire to undermine American labor and underpay Chinese workers.Latest Record Results Show Apple a Bigger Global Power Than Most Nations | Zachary Karabell | April 25, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Full of fine words and charitable speeches in favor of the poor; but apt to oppress, overwork, and underpay them.The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain and Other Tales | Hannah More
We snub them and underpay them, we refuse them the rank due to them, and lead them a generally happy life!Punch Among the Planets | Various
It's bad business to overwork and underpay your hands into a state of chronic insurrection.Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man | Marie Conway Oemler
They may be forced by the competitive system, as many contend, to underpay their workmen.Consumers and Wage-Earners | J. Elliot Ross
The latter may underpay his servants, keep them at work all day, or take every advantage of them in every possible way.Here and There in London | J. Ewing Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for underpay
to pay (someone) insufficiently
- underpayment, noun
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