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payroll

noun uk   /ˈpeɪ.rəʊl/ us    /-roʊl/
[C] a list of the people employed by a company showing how much each one earns: a payroll tax McDermot Software is growing fast, adding another 100 employees to its payroll over the last year. [C usually singular] the total amount of money paid to the people employed by a particular company: With debts of $4 million and a monthly payroll of $1.2 million, the venture is clearly heading for trouble.
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