pay the penalty


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pay the penalty

 
1. Lit. to pay a fine for doing something wrong. You ran the red light and now you will have to pay the penalty.
2. Fig. to suffer the consequences for doing something wrong. My head really hurts. I am paying the penalty for getting drunk last night.
See also: pay, penalty
References in classic literature ?
In the streets of London where beauty goes unregarded, eccentricity must pay the penalty, and it is better not to be very tall, to wear a long blue cloak, or to beat the air with your left hand.
89-100) But of all who came for the maid's sake, the lord Tyndareus sent none away, nor yet received the gift of any, but asked of all the suitors sure oaths, and bade them swear and vow with unmixed libations that no one else henceforth should do aught apart from him as touching the marriage of the maid with shapely arms; but if any man should cast off fear and reverence and take her by force, he bade all the others together follow after and make him pay the penalty.
Fielding now began to pay the penalty for his youthful dissipations in failing health, but he continued to write with great expenditure of time and energy.
Yes," she answered, "If you wish it; but you know, my Tom, that if Jor captures us, both you and Co-Tan's man will pay the penalty with your lives--not even his love for me nor his admiration for you can save you.
Presstek) agreed to pay the penalty and to comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
In a consent order, the company agreed to maintain compliance with applicable regulations and pay the penalty.
Outside court, he stressed that he would pay the penalty from his own savings without using his council salary.
The proposed rules are aimed at ensuring that only a "limited group of taxpayers who choose to spend a substantial period of time without coverage despite having ready access to affordable coverage" will have to pay the penalty, according to an HHS fact sheet.
But FairPoint said that if it does have to pay the penalty it would rather do it all up front.
Jewell and two other JMFH partners made equal contributions to JMFH out of their personal funds so it could pay the penalty required under the closing agreement.
Although the ordinance requires the full amount of the administrative penalty to be paid to obtain a hearing, it also provides for a hardship waiver for those who cannot afford to pay the penalty at that time, Ditzhazy said.
RUTHLESS Shrewsbury made Andy Cooke pay the penalty as the striker was denied a hat-trick.
METRO bosses prosecuted 425 people throughout October for riding the system without tickets and failing to pay the penalty fare.
While a person might go to the hearing and pay the penalty imposed, the violation will still be considered active if the correction has not been completed.
IAN FOSTER made the Quakers pay the penalty as he helped 10-man Kidderminster register their first win of the season.