the devil to pay


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the devil to pay

Trouble to be faced as a result of an action: There'll be the devil to pay if you allow the piglets inside the house.
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The "Moor" (as his children called Marx) entertained them with stories about Hans Rockle, a magician who sells his soul to the devil to pay debts.
As Olivia Isil had it: "When a loose cannon flogs a dead horse, there's the Devil to pay.
But there could also be the devil to pay if Celtic don't win the championship as a result of our failure to strengthen in January.
All much to the delight of the ever-greedy banks, who, in our time of need, pretend to be our guardian angel and are, in reality, leaving us with the devil to pay.
She was signed up by Sam Goldwyn for The Devil to Pay, but was replaced by Loretta Young.