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paymaster

noun [C]     /ˈpeɪˌmɑː.stər/ US  /-ˌmæs.tɚ/
a person or an organization that pays for something to happen and therefore has or expects to have some control over it: The government accused the opposition parties of being controlled by trade union paymasters.People in charge of or controlling other peopleBosses, managers and directors
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