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I keep hearing this all the time:

X is jobbing… he's paying his dues.

Y won a World Title after being there for 15 years… he paid his dues.

Z was pushed to the moon… he didn't pay his dues.

What does it mean in the first place?
 

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thefreedictionary.com:

pay (one's) dues
To earn a given right or position through hard work, long-term experience, or suffering: She paid her dues in small-town theaters before being cast in a Broadway play.
 
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