there'll be hell to pay

there'll be hell to pay

  (informal)
something that you say which means someone will be very angry if something happens There'll be hell to pay if she doesn't get the money in time.
See also: hell, pay
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When she threatens to crush him like a bug, blood spatters the walls and it's clear there'll be hell to pay.
So when she finds out he failed to pass on her mail about an internal job interview, there'll be hell to pay.
And if John doesn't stick up for her, there'll be hell to pay.
Plus, Violet and Jamie make secret plans to leave Weatherfield, knowing if Sean finds out, there'll be hell to pay.
In fact, I'm so convinced of it I'd like to warn all you gig promoters out there now: if the lilies in the dressing room don't match my anorak, there'll be hell to pay.
Whether we're pontificating about which detergent washes whiter, or arguing over the merits of invading Iraq, we must have our say - or there'll be Hell to pay.
There'll be hell to pay now he's been caught kissing in the street.
Some adventurous-minded student somewhere will take Miles's book as warrant for crossing the line into Christianity, believing that she can bring literary irony with her, and then there'll be hell to pay.
First, this great and glorious country was built up by political parties; second, parties can't hold together if their workers don't get the offices when they win; third, if the parties go to pieces, the government they built up must go to pieces, too; fourth, then there'll be hell to pay.
And I've a suspicion there'll be hell to pay all round before this saga is played out.
CORONATION STREET: There'll be hell to pay when Liz finally finds out the truth behind Jim's outburst at Fiona's wedding.
It's like trying to carry a bag of marshmallows with a bomb inside - they're not heavy or big but you know if you drop them there'll be hell to pay.