He does nothing for nothing.

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Hi, this is from Galbraith's Career of Evil.

Then, as an afterthought: ‘But don’t ever leave him alone in the office.’
‘Why not?’
‘He’ll nick anything that’s not nailed down. He does nothing for nothing.

What does the bold part mean?
Thank you for your explanations.
  • PaulQ

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    English - England
    He does nothing for nothing.’ = he will not do anything unless he gets money for doing it.
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