pay the price

pay the price

To experience the consequences of one's actions or misdeeds. If you get caught cheating on your exam, you'll have to pay the price—which could include expulsion. I sure paid the price for staying up late when I fell asleep at my desk in the library.
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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 ˈprice/ˈpenalty (for something/for doing something)

suffer as a result of bad luck, a mistake or something you have done: They’ve made a lot of mistakes in the past and now they’re paying the price.I’m really paying the penalty for all those late nights. I feel terrible today.
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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 Communication Workers Union said it was clear the Government will try to make workers pay the price of leaving the EU.
Responsibility for sound IT systems is often lacking at the highest levels of management, and ultimately customers pay the price.
Speaking ahead of the TUC Congress, which opens in Brighton on Sunday, she said: "Working people should not pay the price of whatever will happen following the referendum.
And when you are not at that level against a team of this quality, you pay the price.
a statement published on a Nusra Front-affiliated Twitter page said that "[soldier] Mohammad Maarouf Hammieh might be the first to pay the price.
They may also ask why money is always found for the higher-voltage connections from the offshore wind farms, through more populated areas, to be put underground, while those small rural communities are made to pay the price.
Murphy's unfounded assertion that teachers, nurses, plumbers etc will pay the price for independence is a cheap attempt to intimidate the very people he is elected to represent - the working class.
If the Europeans deliver weapons, then Europe's backyard will become terrorist, and Europe will pay the price for it," he was quoted as saying by German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
In an interview with a German newspaper, he said that if the Europeans delivered weapons, the backyard of Europe would become terrorist, and Europe would pay the price for it.