pay the price


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pay the price (third-person singular simple present pays the price, present participle paying the price, simple past and past participle paid the price)

  1. To incur the negative consequences of one's decision.
    Synonym: pay the piper
    • 2011 February 5, Chris Whyatt, “Wolverhampton 2 - 1 Man Utd”, in BBC[1]:
      Yet United may have paid the price for overconfidence as they completely lost their concentration after 10 minutes to let Wolves back in.
    • 2021 December 29, “Labour demands NPR action after "rail betrayal"”, in RAIL, number 947, page 7:
      Shadow Transport Secretary Louise Haigh said ahead of the vote: "Northern communities are, once again, paying the price for broken Tory promises on rail.
    • [2022 April 29, Nike Ching, “US: No Sign Russia-Ukraine Negotiations Will Bear Fruit”, in Voice of America[2], archived from the original on 29 April 2022, Ukraine:
      "China will pay a price if it is seen as assisting Russia — either providing a direct assistance, particularly military assistance, or assisting Russia in evading sanctions," Chollet told VOA.]