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pay the consequences

To face, accept, or suffer repercussions for one's actions or words, especially that which would be expected to incur punishment. (A less common version of "suffer the consequences.") After three nights of heavy drinking, I'm really going to be paying the consequences come Monday morning! With the judge handing down the maximum possible sentence, this monster will be paying the consequences for his crimes for the rest of his life.
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in consequence (of something)

as a result of something; because of something. In consequence of the storm, there was no electricity. The wind blew down the wires. In consequence, we had no electricity.
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face the consequences

to deal with the results of something you have said or done The law should force this man to face the consequences of running out on his family.
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suffer the consequences

to experience the effects of something you have said or done The witness decided to tell the truth and suffer the consequences.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form take the consequences: Sometimes we have to take the consequences for our beliefs.
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in consequence

As a result, therefore, as in She was away for years and in consequence has few friends here. The prepositional phrase in consequence of means "as a result of," as in In consequence of this finding, there is sure to be further investigation. [Late 1600s]
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of consequence

Important, as in For all matters of consequence we have to consult the board, or Only scientists of consequence have been invited to speak. This idiom was first recorded in 1489.
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in consequence

As a result; consequently.
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References in classic literature ?
No, I do not,' said Nicholas; 'but it is of no great consequence to me, for I intend walking.
The consequence was she flamed out into a perfect frenzy of passion against him, going to the Asylum, and the first words she said to the nurses, after they had quieted her, were, that she was put in confinement for knowing his Secret, and that she meant to open her lips and ruin him, when the right time came.
Glegg paid a visit to her sister Tulliver, sitting in her gig all the while, and showing her displeasure by markedly abstaining from all advice and criticism; for, as she observed to her sister Deane, "Bessy must bear the consequence o' having such a husband, though I'm sorry for her," and Mrs.
A key source of these obstacles is the complex, sometimes unknown, and often harmful collection of civil consequences that flow from a criminal conviction.
Protecting the self from the negative consequences of risky decisions.
From Welfare to Workfare: The Unintended Consequences of Liberal Reform, 1945-1965.
Every decision you make will have its consequences.
In Canada, public forest owners transfer huge subsidies to loggers by setting abysmal expectations and ignoring the consequences of their resourcist land management.
1271(a)(1), the retirement of a debt may be treated as a sale or exchange of the debt for purposes of determining the tax consequences to the lender.
This involves reviewing their clients' marital settlement agreements for any tax consequences and explaining to them--and to their attorneys--any differences between the actual tax consequences and those stated in the agreement.
So Mittlestaedt has created the concept of "Managing Multiple Mistakes" in order to ameliorate the negative consequences.
And Nolan's noir thriller Insomnia (Warner Brothers) gives us a policeman hounded and haunted by the consequences of his own violence.
Emerging evidence suggests that maternal over-nutrition may have similar long-term metabolic consequences in the offspring as those seen with undernutrition.
At the end of this march to shatter fundamental, natural linkages (and not, as is said, only those that are cultural), there are unimaginable consequences which, however, derive from the very logic that lies at the base of a venture of this kind.
Quite simply, it is serious business with serious consequences for those who choose to be non-compliant.