Best believe somebody's paying the Pied Piper
“Paying the pied piper” means avoiding having to be in a bad situation by not working hard.
It comes from the story of The Pied Piper who was promised money if he could lure the rats away from a city with his magic pipe, but wasn’t repaid for doing so after he did. This led him to use the same pipe on all the children in town, so by not “paying the pied piper”, everyone had to suffer.
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