pay one's way

pay one's (own) way (contribute one's own share; pay in full for one's expenses; pay in full for oneself) — самому оплачивать свои расходы; (самому) платить за себя; ≅ не садиться никому на хвост

Example: She paid her way through college by working in the library. — Свою учебу в колледже она оплачивала сама, работая в бибилотеке.

Example 2: I've got no time for people who don't pay their way. I don't see why I should always be the one to buy the drinks. — Я не желаю иметь дело с людьми, которые любят садиться на хвост (не платят за себя).

Сf.
pay sb's way (pay someone's expenses) — оплатить чьи-л. расходы; заплатить за кого-л.

Example: Dad offered to pay my way if I went to college.

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see also
[go Dutch]
on the house