there will be the devil to pay

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there will be the devil to pay

There will be a huge amount of trouble (if a particular thing does/does not happen or is/is not done). There'll be the devil to pay if they catch us sneaking out this late at night! If you don't have that report finished by lunch, there will be the devil to pay!
See also: devil, pay, will
References in classic literature ?
You'll wake the cook, and there'll be the devil to pay for me.