it pays him no need at all


Senior Member
Ukrainian & Russian
He guesses it is about twenty metres long, more than enough to make a meal of any Portiid or Human should it be so inclined. Like the starfish, though, it pays him no need at all, and perhaps its upper side is also a solar collector and it lives an endless, mindless round of sunbathing, following noon about the planet’s circumference.
(Children of Ruin; Adrian Tchaikovsky)

Would you be so kind as to tell me whether it's a common phrase or rather more like a play on words?

  • Roxxxannne

    Senior Member
    American English (New England and NYC)
    I suspect the phrase is a typo for 'pays him no heed.' 'Pay no heed' means 'pay no attention.'