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[dooz-pey-ing, dyooz-] /ˈduzˌpeɪ ɪŋ, ˈdyuz-/
gaining experience, especially by hard and often unpleasant or uncongenial work:
He spent his dues-paying years as a cocktail pianist.
the act or process of gaining experience, especially slowly and laboriously:
She had many years of dues-paying before her abilities were recognized. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The library remains a dues-paying member of the organization and wanted to fully participate in the lending program.
  • Organization must have dues-paying members for the entire five-year period.
  • The precursors to free public libraries were private libraries open to dues-paying members only.
  • Fewer cooperatives means fewer dues-paying members in state co-op councils.

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