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dues-pay•ing



Pronunciation: (dOOz'pā"ing, dyOOz'-), [key]
adj.
gaining experience, esp. by hard and often unpleasant or uncongenial work: He spent his dues-paying years as a cocktail pianist.

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

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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