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pay the price

 
1. Lit. to pay the price that is asked for goods or services.(Usually implying that the price is high.) If this is the quality of goods that you require, you will have to pay the price.
2. Fig. to suffer the consequences for doing something or risking something. Oh, my head! I am paying the price for drinking too much last night.
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pay the price

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to accept the unpleasant results of something pay the piper He achieved great fame in his later years, but he certainly paid the price. Professional athletes often pay a price for the beating their bodies have taken.
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pay the price

to accept the unpleasant results of what you have done She dropped all her friends when she met Steve and now that he's gone, she's paying the price. She has no one to turn to. (often + for ) I have paid the price for working nonstop - my health has suffered.
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References in classic literature ?
For we pay a price for everything we get or take in this world; and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won, but exact their dues of work and self-denial, anxiety and discouragement.
You must pay a price, ma'am, for his restoration--good again.
Dick himself from under my aunt's protection, and whether my aunt, the strength of whose kind feeling towards him I knew from herself, might have been induced to pay a price for his peace and quiet.