There will be hell to pay

There will be hell to pay.

 and There will be the devil to pay.
Inf. There will be a lot of trouble if something is done or if something is not done. (See also have the devil to pay.) Fred: If you break another window, Andy, there will be hell to pay. Andy: I didn't do it! I didn't. Bill: I'm afraid there's no time to do this one. I'm going to skip it. Bob: There will be hell to pay if you do. Bill broke a window, and now there will be the devil to pay.
See also: hell, pay, will

There will be hell to pay

sent. Things will be so bad that one will have to bribe the devil to straighten them out. (Use caution with hell.) If I don’t get this done on time, there will be hell to pay.
See also: hell, pay, will
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