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pay the piper

Fig. to face the results of one's actions; to receive punishment for something. You can put off paying your debts only so long. Eventually you'll have to pay the piper. You can't get away with that forever. You'll have to pay the piper someday.
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pay the piper

to accept the unpleasant results of something you have done pay the price After fooling around for most of the semester, now he has to pay the piper and study over vacation. If you don't charge enough for your work, at some point you will have to pay the piper.
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pay the piper

see under call the tune.
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pay the piper

To bear the consequences of something.
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pay the piper

Be forced to acknowledge and accept an unpleasant consequence of your action. The full expression is “Who pays the piper calls the tune,” which is to say that money calls the shots (“Money makes the mare go” is the same idea). But although a request can be melodious, the phrase came to have an unpleasant connotation, as if the music that the piper produced was not what was anticipated. For example, you tell your supervisor and your colleagues that you can undertake and finish an important assignment in two days, but you can't. As your supervisor takes you to task, you silently admit that you bit off more than you could chew—you're paying the piper.
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But you're going to have to pay the piper when you come down.
Until this is done, there will never be a shift in power away from the people who pay the piper but are never consulted about the tune.
Time to Pay the Piper by Roger Morse, Visiting Fellow CAGW has long advocated that the government slash huge amounts of waste in federal spending.
Sometimes you have to pay the piper and we're going to have to pay the piper for a while.
We are the people who pay the piper and we can decide whether June 10 is pay day or redundancy.
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The students will have to pay the piper, though, because Thursday's vacation put them over the 14 hours of emergency time off allowed for the school year.
Rather than pay the piper, the district claimed that contractors hadn't lived up to their end of the bargain and filed suit.
Monday's the deadline to pay the piper - the day Americans dread but nobody does anything about.
The people who run sweepstakes year-round should not just be fined or run out of town but pay the piper for killing each tree to get folks to buy what they do not need.
But even more importantly, these parents should teach their kids to obey the law, and that if they don't then they have to pay the piper.