paymaster - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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/ˈpeɪˌmɑːstə(r)/
singularpaymaster
pluralpaymasters
  1. 1
    someone who gives money so that something can happen, and therefore has a lot of control
    paymaster of:

    Big business has traditionally been the paymaster of the Conservative Party.

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  2. 2
    someone whose job is to give people their salary in the army or a factory