Definition of he who pays the piper calls the tune in English:

he who pays the piper calls the tune

phrase

proverb
  • The person who provides the money for something has the right to determine how it's spent.

    • ‘I do understand the contrary view that he who pays the piper calls the tune.’
    • ‘‘We understand that he who pays the piper calls the tune,’ he said.’
    • ‘It's also worth remembering that he who pays the piper calls the tune and that in the English courts it's still the norm to have two expert witnesses, each paid by a separate party to the litigation.’
    • ‘As we all know he who pays the piper calls the tune.’
    • ‘I have always believed he who pays the piper calls the tune.’
    • ‘Since he who pays the piper calls the tune, it was suggested that it was a propaganda vehicle for pro-American views.’
    • ‘Well, you can fall you back on the axiom that he who pays the piper calls the tune.’
    • ‘After all, the trade unions pay for the Labour Party - and he who pays the piper calls the tune.’
    • ‘They are contradicted by the old adage that he who pays the piper calls the tune.’