cost (someone) dearly

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cost (someone) dearly

To cause dire, harmful, or problematic consequences for someone, especially regarding a foolish action or a mistake. Drinking all night before his final exams is going to cost him dearly. That late penalty could cost them dearly, as it now puts their opponents within range to tie the game.
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The six-year-old was having just his third run for Nicholls that day and a couple of jumping errors cost him dearly before he stayed on at just the one pace.
The cheap feints such as the arrogance that is now demonstrated by him, according to Popovska, can cost him dearly.
Although the social worker is keen to play the incident down, the farmer worries that the incident could cost him dearly.
Having devoted his adult life to protecting humanity by slaying the undead, a struggle which has cost him dearly, Blade has become a loner, but in this third instalment, he must join forces with a team of equally tenacious slayers to battle the ultimate bloodsucker - Dracula.
After the race, Luke Harvey said Sandmartin was "one of the biggest dogs" he'd ever seen -which is just the type of post-race reaction we want to hear by the way - but I wouldn't go writing him off yet, as his jumping cost him dearly.
Against Akinwande, the World Boxing Organization champion, it cost him dearly.
The actor (pictured) doesn't hold back in telling director Ridley Scott that his last-minute decision to kill his character off has cost him dearly.
Instead, he chose to remain faithful to his mission, though that fidelity would cost him dearly.
McIlroy had been looking good for a top three finish but a disappointing 75 cost him dearly.
0 Irish time), but Keane's goal famine combined with fitness problems look set to cost him dearly.