pay the price


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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

also pay a price
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 ?
His security from the danger that threatens him is in my hands alone; and he shall pay the price of his rescue to the last farthing of the debt that justice claims for me as my due -- no more, and no less.
I love a tender sensation," answered the niece, "and would pay the price of a tear for it at any time.
To pay the price out of sheer heart-love that could recognize no price too great to pay, had been the ennoblement of Dag Daughtry which Michael had worked.
At any rate, whether I had given cause or not it went without saying that I could not pay the price.
They bring the body, and we pay the price,' he used to say, dwelling on the alliteration - 'QUID PRO QUO.
He understood his duty, in short, to have three branches: to take what was brought, to pay the price, and to avert the eye from any evidence of crime.
The scorner of her love should pay the price upon the fiery altar.
You are going to pay the price for the thing you did at the little bungalow in the Waziri country," replied the ape-man.
It seems, sir steward," said he, "that you have yet to learn that all things are to be sold to such as care to pay the price.
I shall follow and strike--and, alone, pay the price of blood.
For a year they had served in the retinue of Issus; to-day they were to pay the price of this divine preferment with their lives; tomorrow they would grace the tables of the court functionaries.
With his brutal and violent nature, others would have to pay the price if we held our hands.
Determined, if necessary, to pay the price of her sister's liberty with every farthing she had in the world, she repaired the next day, having the whole sum about her in bank- notes, to her appointment outside the Asylum wall.
The Report of that Commission is published in London; and is accessible to any body who chooses to pay the price of two or three shillings for it.
The last two days they had all but starved themselves--it made them quite sick to pay the prices that the railroad people asked them for food.